Sunday, 30 October 2011

Long time no see…

Haven’t shared any photos for a while but that’s not cos I didn’t have any – just because I didn’t have the time.

Managed to get out for a couple of hours on Friday and saw some great sights at Pennington Flash. There was a huge flock of lapwings, providing a spectacular display for us, both on the ground and in the air.

CORMORANTS PEEWITS GEESE

_IGP6312

_IGP6276

Sadly, the sun was almost setting, so the light wasn’t good, despite the sunshine, because it was shining on the front of the birds, which masked the gorgeous colours.  I would so love my camera lens to have the same clarity as my bins, but sadly, it doesn’t!

gulls peewits 2

cormorants

In one hide, we were treated to a really close view of a gorgeous kingfisher on his perch but only for a few seconds, unfortunately.  John spotted him in a tree to the side and got some good photos but I was sitting at the wrong angle and couldn’t even see it – drat!

On the way to the Bunting Hide, I did find these and fell in love with them.

_IGP6403

_IGP6402

_IGP6400

Forgot to mention that I did manage to snap a couple of ok shots of a long tailed tit, which I’m chuffed with because they’re rarely still long enough to get a reasonable photo.

_IGP6367

_IGP6369

I was also fascinated by these gorgeous leaves and desperately hoping a lovely bird would land on them because they would have made such a fab frame.

_IGP6370

At the Bunting Hide, we saw all the usual suspects.

Bullfinches

_IGP6431

and a lovely little greenfinch.  We often used to have greenfinches in the garden, especially last thing, feeding off all the seeds dropped by the other birds.  They were usually pretty friendly, too, but since the finch disease reduced their numbers so drastically, we rarely see any now. This was a real treat.

greenfinch 100

LOVE the fact that I can see his lovely beak and the half crushed sunflower seed. Amazing, given the failing light at this time.

I’d like to go again today but I suspect I’m going to be a bike widow again in a short while – still, time to stamp :-)

Before I go, I spotted this in the wind the other day, as I was hanging out some washing (bit too hopeful, I think – had to bring it in damp!). I thought it was a falling leaf because it was blowing all over the place but no, it was a gorgeous little flutterby – such a delight on a cold, late October day. I quickly ran in for my camera and this is what I managed to snap.

_IGP6265

_IGP6261

_IGP6262 

You can even see the damage on his wings, if you look closely.

Till next time – just hope it isn’t quite as long!

4 comments:

Samantha Read said...

Autumn is lovely :o) Sam

Sally H said...

beautiful, beautiful photos! Those sunflower heads are fabulous and your long-tailed tits are really stunning - lovely warm light in those. We get so few green finches these days too. Glad you have managed to get out and about too x

Sheri said...

Oh wow, what beautiful photos! I am extremely jealous you had such a day for so many great images!

Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

These are so beautiful Cat. What a great photos from the great Nature. Love the birds, plants and butterflies.
Have a nice weekend and greet
Marja