Mixed weather since my last post has left me grabbing chances when I've had them. I think I've got my mojo back where my photography is involved and I'm kinda enjoying it.
Herefordshire is a bit light on "hide" type photography, so it is more a case of grabbing stuff on the hoof. When you have a bad back and are a fatty, carrying a 600mm and tripod on your shoulder can be difficult so it's nice to get the opportunity to sit and watch some stuff, albeit on a cold lump of concrete.
Such an opportunity presented itself on wednesday. I was at one of my nearest locations early in the morning. The swans nest that I mentioned the other day was still full of eggs and still not being sat on by a swan. I am now convinced that the nest has been deserted and I think it's such a shame.
Nearby the swans nest there is an area that has been used as a bit of a dumping ground by the land owners, broken rock ripped up trees and concrete and brick have been left to be ravaged by bracken and nettles. The Sedge Warblers love the area. I sat on said lump of concrete and just watched. A male Sedge was simultaneously singing his head off and chasing off any males who happened across his patch. when he sat still he tended to sit in two places, neither of which were brilliant for photography but excellent for just watching. I did grab a shot or two though.
I hope you agree he is a stunner. I was so still and quiet that even the rabbits started to come out within a few metres.
bit of a backlit bunny isn't he?
I reported in a post a few back that I had, had an amazing close up encounter with an LRP. Do you recall? Well I honestly thought that was a once in a lifetime happening. Wrong, I came across this little beaut whilst walking around the reserve. He/she was on the bank of a former gravel scrape hunting for some morsel of food.
I knelt down and watched it for five mins and took in excess of 50 frames. It came within 8 metres of me at one point, it was neither scared or concerned with what I was doing. It was no where near a nest and it eventually moved on in its own time to hunt for food further along the bank.
During a period of heavy cloud I came across a Reed Bunting singing for all it was worth, again I sat and watched, then during a break in the cloud I managed to grab a few shots.
A great morning but as far as photography goes I don't doubt that someone somewhere sitting in a hide got lots more interesting shots. I wouldn't swap though.
That same evening I shot off to the other side of Herefordshire and sat waiting for the Shortie I had seen earlier in the week. He showed briefly and was joined by a Barnie.
It was a great experience. I had an even greater surprise last evening (weds) whilst waiting for the Barnie, which didn't show, with my son Lee, he saw and alerted me to a deer in a field that the Barnie sometime uses. I could not believe my eyes and I'm still struggling to come to terms with it. A Roe Deer in the middle of nowhere. Definately a Roe, I do have a pic but haven't processed it yet, and miles from the nearest possible Deer farm at Moccas. If I hadn't seen it myself I would struggle to believe it. Whilst driving a long route back home we also saw a Hare and 2 little Owls and a first for my boy in a Red legged Partridge.
Back in the back garden I have also done a bit more macro. I believe that the first is a Drone fly and the second possibly a Hornet, although it doesnt have the yellow on its head. Oh and whilst I'm on the subject of Macro I emailed the knowledgeable folk at UK Safari about the St Marks fly with the growth on the back. A nice chap advises me that it is a fungus which will eventually kill the host Fly. He gave me some more specifics than that but as there were long words involved I have forgotten them.
Keep coming back. Click on the pic for larger pictures.