A few shots of a couple of great crested grebes carrying out their elaborate courtship dance. It would have been ideal if the weather had been better and the grebes closer to shore however, this was the first time I had … Continue reading →
Here are a few shots of Canada geese which were busily moving to and from a field next to Wilstone reservoir near Tring. Unsurprisingly, a relaxing hour ensued whilst I sat and waited for the right shots to happen.
Having been a keen amateur photographer for nearly three years now, one of my main aims was to capture the elusive kingfisher; however, only twice have I seen a this bird, and by that I mean a blue flash travelling at great speed, with absolutely no opportunity to have my camera at the ready. Taking all this into consideration, I presumed that the only way to achieve this was in the company of a professional photographer or attending a workshop. However, whilst at Wilstone reservoir in Hertfordshire, I was spending a considerable amount of time trying to capture wrens that were fleeing in and out of the reed beds, when I noticed a kingfisher speed past my front; but this time he perched on a branch for approximately 50 seconds. Although this seems quite a long period of time, panic mode took over as I tried to get my camera to focus and avoid the annoying branches that were blocking my field of view. In the end I achieved what I consider to be three average shots – had I been a bit closer, the kingfisher may not have perched at all and I wouldn’t be writing this post. I suppose that three shots that are not as sharp as I would have liked are better than nothing at all.