Thursday, August 06, 2009

Supporting Cast

When I head out the front door with the camera I am usually going to target a particular species as I find it much more productive to go out with a specific plan rather to just see what comes my way. Of course while out and about I am often presented with opportunities for other species that just need to be taken. So I have gathered together a collection of birds that have been encountered on some of my wanderings this year. I have pulled together quite a number so this will be a fairly long post, at least in term of number of photos.

Earlier in the year I went out looking for dippers, on a stream local to my office, during my lunch hours. This was not wholly successful but on one trip I came across this grey wagtail unusually perched in the tree rather than hopping between boulders in the stream.
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The early mornings out looking for hares produced the next three in the shape of a female Blackbird, a Song Thrush and more recently a Mistle Thrush eating some Rowan berries.
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At the beginning of the year I heard about a couple of Barnacle Geese that had appeared on a local park lake. Probably 'feral' birds but a species which I had not photographed before.
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During my sessions photographing avocets in the spring, one of the best looking Shelduck I have seen swam into view and so the mad antics of the avocets were quickly forgotten for a few moments.
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There was some good late light illuminating the local pond on the way home one evening so I stopped briefly for this Mute Swan.
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During a session looking for skylarks along the local coast I came across this male StoneChat in the dunes and a Robin along a footpath.
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and to finish off a Little Egret on the local coast. I do not usually take back views of birds but thought I would make an exception for this one coming in to land.
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5 comments:

MObugs said...

Absolutely STUNNING photos.I could look at them all day. The egret is gorgeous, I am so glad you decided to make an exception and photograph him, those white feathers are gorgeous!

holdingmoments said...

Every one a stunner Richard. Great 'opportunistic' shots.
The StoneChat is superb.

David Álvarez said...

Very great shots!! it's a nice surprise to discover every new post in your blog

David

Rúben Neves said...

I really don't get tired of congratulating you... Everytime I come here the images are cristal clear, very well composed and with a whole sense of wildfeeling... Well done!

Rich Steel said...

Many thanks for your comments. Hopefully there will plenty more opportunistic moments in the months to come.

Cheers

Rich

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