So, with my new camera in hand, I needed some avian targets to train it on, getting decent pictures of birds for the first time in my life being the main reason I'd bought it.
Was this in mind, I thought striding along the East side of the Dee estuary would be the best place to spot some interesting waders and sea birds, as the river here, within a peninsula known as St Mary's Isle, consists of a series of shallow bays where the beakily probe-able mud gets quickly exposed after the tide turns.
However, waders were not numerous, I found. What were present were some large groups of gulls, including some devilish looking great black backed gulls, and also sizeable rafts of marine ducks.
They were a fair way off, so even with the camera at 36x zoom, it was difficult to see what I was shooting. I thought at the time I was shooting common scoter, the only all black duck is always going to be pretty unmistakeable, but the identify of other species I wasn't so sure of. I could see a few white flanks, so I thought there might be scaup out there, but I can't see any in my pictures.
What there were, was a lot of wigeon it transpires! Anyone who spots anything else in my shots, please please shout out!
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