Monday, 29 September 2014

Reflection Pool

Over the past few weeks I have been building a reflection pool and before I go any further I want to say a big thanks to Del for help with the construction and Paul for the advice given when things just are not going as planned, and finally James for trying it out with different combinations of lenses and cameras and coming up with plenty of ideas.

Once everything was in place and ready it was just a matter of getting the birds to be where you want them, easier said than done.

Even as I write this there is STILL some tweaking to do especially with the back of the pool area, this the important bit as it is where you want to photograph the birds. I am still not happy with this and will spend more time putting this right.

It is not for the fact I have no birds coming I have had 4 species of the Tit family, Tree Sparrows, Woodpeckers, Jay, Kestrel, Magpie and other common species in abundance but getting them down to drink, well thats another matter!!!!!

Heres a few from the last couple of weeks

Then there is the other factor to consider the slight breeze!!

 Like I said I still have to get the back sorted a Tree Sparrow with no legs!

Who's looking at who?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Up on 'MOORS'

It was one of those last minute decisions that when the day has done you think back and say to yourself; "I'm glad I chose to do what I did".

These sort of days when things work out better than expected do not come very often but when they do I still get a buzz, and it was a day of first's, it was the first time I had ever seen baby Adders, unfortunately no photographs were taken but I did have some great company to share that moment with me.

In this particular area I also had my first Grass Snakes of which one was a last years youngster and I did manage a few shots of him before he found himself a nice retreat to go down.

This first shot shows the Grass Snake with a 'milky' eye this is prior to the snake sloughing it's skin

The next two shots are of the young Grass Snake

We also had a few Common Lizards, I say a few I actually lost count, and it was good to see a lot of this years young.