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Monday, May 29, 2017

Mixenden Reservoir. pm

       Amazing number of House Martins and Swallows.
 Very poor light but taken at fast speed to freeze
the movement, hence the poor quality.


 All taken with Canon 7d and Canon 300mm  1.4 L IS lens.





When I said I needed the hot sunshine to go I did,nt mean take the sky with it. A full day of thick fog up here in Queensbury with no signs of it clearing late pm ready for my next birding adventure so it was swop Big Bertha for a smaller lens that would go under my coat then off to Mixenden reservoir which was just below the cloud base.
                                                            The weather here was very dull in the dark clouds with heavy drizzle but calm and muggy which brought the flies out which in turn brought the hirundines with around 100 mixed Swallow and House Martins skimming the water whilst a feeding party of around 50 Swifts fed over the plantation, a truly amazing sight.
A small charm of Goldfinch were mobile in the waterside trees whilst 4 Pied Wagtails were gathering food from the bottom of the banking. Just 3 Mallard on the water.
                                                              With lots of so called fishing/ drinking going on all around the water it was pointless looking for waders so I ended the watch on a funny but sad note. A young lad of around 8 was walking on with his Dad after a fishing session and the amount of birds over the water caught his eye. As they passed me I thought, he could get interested in birds, until he turned to his Dad and said," can we shoot some birds in the garden after tea". His Dads face froze when he saw me glare at him with bins round my neck. The mind boggles.
BS

2 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Too right Fog !!!!

Brian Sumner . said...

Nowt as queer as folk Comp.