A couple of days out with my Camera.
Well in between jobs at present, so I have found a few hours to nip out with the camera to two of my favourite locations. Here are the results of the last couple of trips out. Well Monday was yet another visit to the dentist in Holyhead. I never mind going to the dentist as it gives me an excuse to go to the South Stack RSPB Nature Reserve there.
Arriving at the car park, the first thing I see in the distance is a Wheatear, so they have arrived here at last... I hope to get some better shots later on. This was about 200yards away. Fingers crossed.
This is the original shot. Cropped so you can see more detail.
So, first of all, it's down the steps toward the lighthouse and get a closer look at the cliffs and one makes their way down. The Guillemot are still around but not as many today, most will be fishing out at sea.
The Razorbills too are about, again, not as many but it does give you the chance to get a shot of a single bird on it's own, this was calling.
Then I spot my first Puffin, hard to spot so far away, this was at least 250yards away on a prominence sticking out from the cliffs. Puffins prefer earth banks rather than cliffs as they burrow into the earth to bring up a family.
I look around and spot another outside it's burrow. They look just like toys I reckon, quite amusing really.
They look even funnier stood side by side!!!
Another pair I spotted taking a breather in the sun.
This one spreading it's little wings, how they fly beats me. Same puzzle as the bumble bee!!
So it's back up the steps and then along the cliff path. If you do decide to come to South Stack, please, be very careful. The paths are well worn and in places take you close to the edge. If you notice the rock which this gull is sat on.....It's due to topple quite soon.
Way out at sea, Porpoise break the surface. You can see three in this shot, sorry about the quality, they were a long long way off. Perhaps 1000yards.
I have cropped in again with this shot, you can tell it's a Porpoise by the fin set well back on it's back. Dolphins come around here too but none today I'm afraid.
So further along the cliff-top trail. I spot a Pied Wagtail watching out. A little tip here for budding bird watchers. We walk along hoping to spot the birds, well they too like to look out for us. They usually sit on a prominent place like a rock, post or the top of a bush....So keep your eye out, try not to SUDDENLY break the skyline, walk slowly trying not to break twigs and sticks.
Keep your eyes open, a lot of birds will be present as they don't all sing away all the time. Quite close to the path, I spot this Linnet
along with the female. They move around in pairs when breeding and will often be seen together again sitting in a good "lookout".
Just over the hedge, I spot another Wheatear, quite close this time. Now Wheatear have a habit of sitting on a post or other vantage point,then flying off to catch an insect they spot.
With this in mind, I settle down on a rock and just wait. Perhaps 2 minutes, that's all and sure enough, the bird comes and stands on a rock looking for it's next catch. This time the bird is only about 20 foot away.
Keeping quite still and not making any sudden movements on my part, the bird comes a lot closer....Perhaps within 12/15 foot away and I was able to get this shot, I think my best to date of this striking looking bird. So it's mission accomplished for today and back home.
The next day, Tuesday. It's off to the suppliers but on the way, I call in at the Spinnies Hide just outside Bangor. Slowly opening the hide shutters, I spot a group of Redshank on the bank far side.
Now quite often in a group of birds like this, you will get one a little bit different to the rest and there, at the back of the group, I spot a Spotted Redshank. I have blurred out the Redshank so you can spot it a bit more easily.
Here, a closer crop. Notice the different beak and plumage. So remember when you spot a group of seagulls, there may be an oddity hiding among them. Keep ya eyes peeled, it may pay off.
Just in front of the hide, the fluttering of wings makes me look down to see a Collared Dove having landed to eat grain at the bottom of the feeders.
To the right, the lovely song of the Dunnock (Hedge Sparrow) is just asking to have his photo taken.
Just in front of him, Mum Mallard, teaches the youngsters the tricks of finding their own food.
Joining the Collared Dove, a Squirrel takes advantage of dropped food from the feeders.
Then, right over on the far side of the Island, a Little Egret comes into land. Not a bad shot I thought until I got it onto the computer and saw that bloomin branch right across the body. We can't have that can we
so here I have cloned it out for you....Better? I think so.
After it had landed, I knew it's routine quite well by now and knew that before long, it would be coming further around the island to feed and I would have the opportunity
to catch it feeding, note the timing of the shot...the splashes, frozen in time. Good innit!! Lol
This time of year, the mating plumage of this delightful bird can look like a "Wedding Dress" with the finer feathers looking quite stunning as they display.
And so...Off she flew to her preening perch and look at the time!!! I must fly too.
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip with me over the past two days. If you have, my job is done. Join me again sometime soon.
See ya. Thanks
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