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Friday, February 8, 2019

Plans seldom work out. Back to Ogden p.m.

          Kingfisher in its usual spot                      8000 iso

               A new perch down in the darkness.   Camera at limit 16,000 iso

After a shopping afternoon at Brighouse the sky was bright with the rain moved over just leaving the near gale force wind to contend with. First off was a walk over Foxhill with the dogs in conditions where I could hardly stand up in. The plan now was get back to Ogden on my own in the shelter of the west bank and with bright skies get some photos of this mornings birds there.
                                                       This plan was soon scuppered when the birds had a different plan and moved on leaving no sign of passerines around the area of the Alders. A further walk along the track came up with the same so back to the promenade where there was always the Kingfisher to fall back on which I spotted on my way to the west bank, plus the gulls on the water needed a check through for maritime birds, ideal weather for Kittiwake. Gull wise just 1 LBB, 1 Herring and around 40 small gulls so I was now left with the Kingfisher.
                                                        As always it was very hard to spot down in the deepest darkest corner of the sluice gate but it was continuously diving for fish so kept moving positions but always at distance in the dark. At one point I had the camera up at the limit of 16,000 iso experimenting with shots. In 15 minutes watching it dived 22 times but whether all were successful it was too dark to tell.
                                                           With gales forecast to increase overnight peaking at near severe gale westerly at 0600 hrs in the morning so we,ll have to see what tomorrow brings.
BS.

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