This off shift has been a bit of a wipe out really. I was tired during the day, then in the evening had a tic that brought on a mild attack of sciatica from my backside all down my left leg and made me hobble in a slightly comic fashion.
It's better today, but as a precaution realised I couldn't go running again, so instead I took my camera out for a walk down to London Road Pond and then along the river, enjoying the rain given opportunity to wear my hiking trousers and monstrous yellow kag-in-a-bag and thus look very stupid.
After drawing a blank yesterday, today was mission grebe and sure enough I found an adult on patrol on the pond.
BUT IT DECIDED TO MESS ME AROUND!!!
Everytime I got the wretched avian in focus, it dived. Again and again and again. Repeatedly. Repeatedly and repeatedly. I followed it up and down the bank like a neon clad idiot, getting some strange looks from some kids trying to illegally pike fish in the lake, and getting no usable shots of the bird whatsoever.
However, I got some nice shots of some juvenile moorhens, and when I went to the marina bridge, I was able to shoot the starlings that gather there before the evening murmuration. Think these turned out well.
But that's just my opinion.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 25.10.15
|"Fancy a swim"|
|"Because I'm going in"|
|"Best go in after him"|
|Best of my rubbish grebe shots|
|The starlings on the bridge|
|Preparing for murmuration|
|Admiring the sunset|
|Taking in the view|
It 'was probably that 'monstrous yellow kit bag' that put the grebe off.ReplyDelete
But those starlings are beautiful - we don't seem to have many round here.
Love the way the light catches the starlings in the last 2 photos. These days starlings only visit our garden occasionally - yet they were once so common :(ReplyDelete
Warm winter light on a gathering of Starlings - lovely stuff, Si. I hope the after effects of the tic have reduced with some good sleep.ReplyDelete
I don't always appreciate the gangs of Starlings which swamp my feeders but the shot of them lined up on the bridge is great.ReplyDelete
As for the Grebe - I swear some birds have eyes in their backsides which can tell when a camera is at the ready giving the bird a chance to move out of view.
I agree John! That Grebe was a right sod!ReplyDelete
Thanks all for your kind comments, quite pleased with what I got yesterday. I love how the starlings are quite ruffled and fluffy looking. Very characterful birds
Starlings on the bridge, what a great shot.....I love that image.ReplyDelete
You can see it is a grebe Simon......well done.
I've realised that in that shot Cheryl, the starlings have managed to arrange themselves damn near symmetrically!ReplyDelete
I really like the photos of the starlingsReplyDelete
Stunning photos Simon, I really like the one of the snail, the colours and the lighting on that are beautiful. There is nothing more beautiful than watching a starling murmuration too, it's one of my favourite sights in nature. I hope the sciatica cleared up as well, I know that can be quite painful as my Mum has bouts of that. Beautiful post! - TashaReplyDelete
Still struggling I'm afraid Natasha! I'm hoping to get some nice murmuration shots this autumn, you need to time it right with the light!ReplyDelete