With nearly (but not quite) a whole day free from work yesterday, myself and Becca visited RSPB Ham Wall for a pleasant walk around the footpaths. We were certainly lucky in that the weather was lovely pretty much all day; I was hoping to see Bittern, Great White Egret & Marsh Harrier but only the latter put in an appearance, and it was a very brief one at that. The disadvantage of the weather being so bright and sunny was that the pics came out with horrible highlights and shadows which there was no way around, hence why my favoured conditions for photography is lightly overcast with fluffy white clouds! Can't grumble, it didn't rain until we were home!
Here's a few pics; the Stonechat was a particularly striking chap, such a shame about the lighting!!
Well I was extremely fortunate this afternoon; I was out for about an hour (only daylight time available to me) and saw 3 goose shaped birds fly over and land on the Axe Estuary. I put the camera to my eye and quickly got the attention of other Tim (Wright). 3 EGYPTIAN GEESE!! Patch lifer for me and less than annual here I think and almost exclusively just singles previously. They stayed for perhaps 5 minutes before taking off and flying over in Seaton direction.
After years of people pestering me to do so, I've finally decided to give wildlife photography a go in a more serious way than just a hobby; one of my first steps is that I have just set up an account on RedBubble to try and attract a wider audience...
Very little on here at the moment, but watch this space...
Due to recent success I decided to brave the elements and try and twitch the Brunnich's at Portland Harbour this morning. There was no sign of it after an hour or two of looking from 9am so I nipped off to see if the Glossy Ibis was still hanging around the playing fields near to Radipole Lakes. The Ibis was indeed there so I took a few distant pics through the storm (heavy rain and hard-to-stand-up-in winds).
So attempt two with the Brunnich's and it still hadn't been seen (or at the time of writing this post now that I'm home) so it seems that the only day I had available to go and see it was the first day that it hasn't been seen since the day of discovery. Terrific! A bad dip to start off 2014 was not the plan... hopefully the birding year will improve, and significantly.