Wednesday 31 July 2013

Pics of Black Hole Marsh Posers

I still haven't managed to get any pics of something close up with the new kit yet but soon will... bound to get some bold waders sooner or later. Here's a few pics which I was going to post yesterday until the Pec Sand took the limelight:




Green Sandpiper

Black-Tailed Godwit

Tuesday 30 July 2013

PECTORAL Sandpiper at Black Hole Marsh

Finally we get something (relatively) rare on patch; only the 2nd one I've managed to see! It stayed very distant so I experimented with stacking multiple tele converters onto my 600mm. Very bad technique but the distance was definitely more digiscoping territory than DSLR photography. Here's the result:

Pretty naff really but it's the best I could do in the circumstances. I plan on getting up early tomorrow to give it another go before work. That's if I don't turn my alarm off in my sleep again...

Monday 29 July 2013

Black Hole Marsh pictorial catch up

Well it seems the news of my new camera gear has spread despite me trying to keep it quiet. I suppose it's pretty difficult to disguise the enormity of the 600mm lens though so it was only a matter of time before it was noticed! So I've now gone from having the smallest lens of the local wildlife photographers to having the largest, yay! On the downside it is VERY heavy, I've let some of the other photographers hold it and they can't lift it into a shooting position... but hey, I'm younger than most ;)

The 600mm is ideal for Black Hole Marsh as it's always difficult to get close enough to birds for decent pics. They're still usually a lot further away than I'd like but I certainly stand a greater chance of taking something half-decent with the new kit. Now all I need is a 1D X body for the 600mm and a 200-400mm for my current body for River Coly shooting... (£15K worth so I think not!!!). 

I've been teasing myself with the idea of buying a 'big lens' for a long time now, so when a ridiculous offer was presented to me (thanks Alex & Joe) I finally got some balls and went for it. Hey, YOLO (if you're savvy with the lingo). 

Now onto the pics. I've been out a LOT lately so have much blogging to catch up with. It was nice to see a Turnstone on the marsh yesterday but it never came close enough for a decent pic. A wader post will follow this one soon but for now enjoy these pics of Martins and the still-present showy juvenile Mediterranean Gull:

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Stunning juv Med Gull close ups

I cycled over to Black Hole Marsh this evening in the hope that the cloud and threatening rain would push some waders in our direction. No such luck with this though; best was 4 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper. There was also an adult Med Gull showing near Tower Hide but best of the evening was this juvenile Med which was showing quite close from the viewing platform (hole in the hedge next to it more like):

Tuesday 23 July 2013

Very Handsome Ruff...

Although only a brief visit today, it was certainly worth it for this handsome chap:

Monday 22 July 2013

Something different... B & W photos

I wasn't planning on using these as B & W but I was out photographing until 10pm so it was dark. Properly dark. The colour pics looked awful so simple B & W it is! Quite effective though, I think.

Young Badger


Roe Deer Buck

Sunday 21 July 2013

Some Black Hole Marsh STUNNERS!

I popped down to Black Hole Marsh at about 20:30 this evening (only free time I've had with any sunlight left, albeit very little) and managed some pics which I'm pretty pleased with considering the light levels. The Sun had gone down; the 'light look' of the pics was achieved by using manual camera settings. It was nice to find that an adult Little Ringed Plover has now joined the juvenile.

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Common Gull

Partial Summer Plumage Ruff

Adult Little Ringed Plover

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover

And a further cropped version of the above...

Friday 19 July 2013

Black Hole Marsh close ups

Here's a few more pics taken over the last week. It seems that the news of my recent lens purchase has spread! Today was the first time I actually saw another fellow patch birder-photographer whilst out with it (Sue Smith). I'm enjoying the long focal length of 600mm, although this isn't THAT monstrous; some bridge type digital cameras go to nearly double this and it's still completely incomparable to digiscoping for really distant subjects...

Young Shelduck

Emperor Dragonfly


Young Shelduck

The Little Ringed Plover was still present this afternoon, Dunlin numbers similar to yesterday, 3 Greenshank and 1 Med Gull on BHM.

Thursday 18 July 2013

Eagerly awaiting something rare...

But in the meantime we'll have to make do with these:
Another lovely still evening at Black Hole Marsh. Birds of interest were 2 Med Gull, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and we're now up to 12 Dunlin.

Common Sandpiper

Little Ringed Plover

Med Gull


Wednesday 17 July 2013

More Black Hole Marsh Beauties

I've got about 3 posts to do but struggling with time at the moment. Here's the first of them though. These pics were taken over the last two days; the LRP has been on Black Hole Marsh since Monday rather than yesterday as other reports have implied. I managed some quite pleasing pics of this little one! Pretty distant but decent light has meant I could crop the shot in post-production and maintain acceptable image quality. Enjoy :)

Little Ringed Plover

Common Sandpiper


Monday 15 July 2013

Gull-filled evening

I was feeling a bit rough at work this morning so I booked this afternoon off to have a rest. By rest I mean cycle to Black Hole Marsh (motorbike is out of action) and take some wildlife pics. There wasn't anything particularly unusual to see; the best was 7 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 4+ Common Sandpipers and a few dragonfly species. I'll post some pics of these in the next day or two.
I then spent the evening out at sea with some work colleagues, and what a lovely evening it was too! The sea was nice and calm and the air was a pleasant temperature with the boat-speed induced breeze. However, it didn't take long until some of us were sporting interesting patterns of Mackerel blood and poo on our legs and clothes etc. Delightful! The fishing did give me opportunity to take these Gull pics though:

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Black Hole Marsh Brilliance

After having an enjoyable late evening at BHM last night I thought I'd pop down again tonight. It turned out to be good decision as there was a nice partial summer plumage Ruff there, along with 2 Little Ringed Plover. It was also nice to see my first Emperor Dragonfly of the year. Other birds of note on BHM were 2 Common Gull, 1 Shoveler and 1 Mediterranean Gull. I'm sorry that this is turning into more of a photo diary rather than a blog; I've got a very busy few weeks but will get back to saying more soon!
In the meantime enjoy these...