Sunday, 31 October 2010

Brancaster Grey Plover

As lunchtime approached on Wednesday Adam and myself decided to pull into Brancaster Staithe to eat and mess around photographing Turnstones. It was only a matter of weeks ago that i first visited the harbour here on the recommendation by a lady at Titchwell and now i know why! You can sit in your car and take a break and still have birds all around you allowing for some relaxing photography. The Turnstones at this site are very tame and are clearly the main attraction for close encounters but there are also good numbers of Redshanks, Dunlin, Curlew, Egret, Ringed Plover, Gulls and Oystercatcher around and often some of these can come close too! On this particular day we were lucky to have a Redshank venturing close when suddenly we noticed this Grey Plover...

This species doesn't always allow for close encounters so we were very excited and positioned the car hoping he'd come round from behind the upturned boats. After a few minutes we noticed that something wasn't right, he was dragging one of this legs and keeping it lifted for extended periods of time. This is always a real sad thing to see and no-one wants to see an injured bird and photographing it would then become a less enjoyable experience. However, it soon became apparent that although injured this bird wasn't "ill", he was still moving around (although rather gingerly) and was busy feeding. He kept to himself but was slowly coming close to our car, we couldn't help but watch and photograph him and after a while we realised that he was at a disadvantage in life but that wasn't stopping him living it, occasionally he put his leg down and used it so we do hope that it was a minor injury that may heal. He kept coming closer and allowed us the chance to spend some time with a bird rarely confiding, it was a real joy and we hope he continues to live a good standard of life.

Friday, 29 October 2010

In Flight Fun!

Had an absolutely cracking day with Adam on Wednesday, it was back to Norfolk again and there was some great birding and some good photo opportunities too! Plenty of birds were on the deck and allowing some intimate encounters but there was also many chances for some flight photography, especially at RSPB Snettisham. Really pleased with these shots, think my new D700 and my 300mm F4 lens are combining well when it comes to these action shots, i guess a bit of it is my skill as a photographer too! Well i hope it is! Enjoy!



Pink Footed Geese




Golden Plover


These next shots were all taken at Salthouse in the warm evening light, the birds here are always confiding!

Black Headed Gull

Final Turnstone pic
Plenty more from the day to come including some life ticks and some amazing confiding birds!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Shoreline Sanderlings

During my Norfolk day trip i took the brisk walk to the beach at Titchwell RSPB with the main aim of seeing Sanderling and hopefully getting some decent pics of them! Plenty of people visit the beach for all kinds of reasons and i know it's a popular place to see and photograph these birds but i am yet to have any decent shots of them and couldn't waste this opportunity! It all came fairly quick and easy for a change, i turned up and walked to the shoreline, scanned it until i found some little white blobs mucking about in the surf and walked up to them. This technique wasn't correct as they all began to run away (albeit not very far) in the opposite direction. My next approach did work, i focused on one particular bird and worked out which general direction he was moving towards, i stepped back and got ahead of him and lied down on the wet sand (lovely!). He then began to move towards me feeding and whatnot until he started to get close, being low and stationary allowed me to have this close encounter and he went about his daily business without noticing me, result! Here are some of the images i obtained...

Monday, 18 October 2010

Norfolk Day Trip

Here are a few images from my recent day trip to Norfolk, i began at Salthouse where it was sunny but raining, creating this nice rainbow and a flock of Brent Geese were very obliging to fly across it!

Whilst waiting for Dan and Ed to turn up i managed this photo of a Meadow Pipit on a wire, the background is a nice colour and really adds to the photo i feel.

After finally getting out the car we decided to look around the pools at Salthouse, unfortunately the large numbers of Widgeon and Teal that i could see from the car had flown off when a fisherman in a bright jacket walked too close to them, this Grey Plover and Little Egret were also visiting the pools but were far to nervous to hang around thus only allowing me flight shots, i am still pleased with them though!

Walking back to the car in search of a hot chocolate this Barn Owl was still hunting the adjacent fields even at 10am sometimes coming quite close to us

The only other birds of interest around Salthouse were the usual Redshanks, this time i managed a few flight shots of them which is something different to last time i was at Salthouse.

After leaving Dan and Ed i ventured to Cley Beach in search of Buntings and Shore Larks. Only saw 2 Snow Buntings but they were fairly obliging and despite the slightly overcast conditions allowed for some nice photos.

Stopped for lunch at Brancaster Staithe, always a good spot to see waders which included Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Redshank, Little Egret, Oystercatcher and the obliging Turnstones that basically eat from your hand!

I went to Titchwell afterwards with the main aim of photographing Sanderling along the shoreline, i had some incredibly close views of them and took so many photos that i will save them for another time. My final destination was Holme Dunes NWT where i had great views of Goldcrest as well as Brambling, Redstart, another Barn Owl and a fleeting glimpse of a Red Flanked Bluetail. Overall a great day and some nice photo opportunities, cant wait to go back!