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Monday, 21 July 2014

Whimbrel

 Went to the reserve as usual this afternoon with the cameras set up to photograph the kingfishers and to my dissapointment the hide was packed. Unable to sit I stood behind until a space was available when Bobs P showed me what she had photographed before my arrival. Whimbrel, never seen one before at the reserve and there it was hiding on a tern raft.
 Strutting up and down as though it owned the place much to the consternation of the terns who quite rightly had first call as they were here first.
Several attempts by the terns to dislodge the intruder but to no avail it stayed put.
To round the afternoon off a young common tern sat on the post in front of the hide,( normally reserved for kingfishers ) and posed for the camera. I hadn't realised what a pretty bird it is.

7 comments:

  1. That was a nice surprise.

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    1. Hi Ana, A most unusual visitor to Warnham.

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  3. It was a memorable afternoon :) As always, you've taken some lovely shots.

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  4. Here are some of the pictures I took: http://warnhamwildlife.blogspot.co.uk/ ... Probably the only occasion I've been really pleased with my shots!

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Evacuated during the second world war to a village in Yorkshire where I lived in the home of a good photographer for more than five years who taught me the basics and a great deal about nature. Well past retirement age I have been a wildlife photographer for more than 30 years. Red Kites have been my speciality for much of this period. I did spend several years snapping wheelchair athletes and organizing the British Road Race Championship. In the year 2000 I was awarded a distinction by the Royal Photographic Society for my portfolio on wheelchair athletes. Most of my pics are digital, using Sony cameras and Sigma lenses. I used to spend many weeks each year with friends in Wales which is close to the Elan Valleys where I got many of my raptor pics. I now get these pictures more closely to home, specially red kites and peregrines. I support my pension by selling my pics, cards, coasters, fridge magnets and key rings etc. at craft fairs, something I wish I had done much earlier in life. I give illustrated talks to clubs and societies on wildlife and other branches of photography that I have been involved in.