Funny how some things never work out quite like you planned. I've just had six months off work and had intended to get out quite a bit with the camera. As it is I've barely managed any photography at all over the summer. That's a pity as it has been a great summer (weather-wise) for the most part.
Anyhow I've finally managed to escape for a few hours this morning. I was not sure where I wanted to go but decided I needed somewhere where the birds were easy to see rather than hunting for them. I am out of practice! So I opted for Martin Mere.
There are always loads of birds in winter at Martin Mere. Even in summer, if there is not much on the wild bird meres, there are plenty of captive birds to practice upon. Of course at this time of year the place is swarming with ducks, geese and the beautiful whooper swans. These birds can go from peaceful and graceful to quarrelsome and noisy in a matter of seconds and switch back to peaceful and graceful almost immediately. Martin Mere offers you unbelievably close views.
I photographed quite a few other species but one species that I have seen often here, but have never been able to take a satisfactory photograph of before, is the common kingfisher. These birds are everyone's favourite and why not? They are, as well as incredibly handsome creatures, fascinating to watch, especially when they are fishing. This one spent quite a while fishing but failed on most occasions. The only time it succeeded it went on to drop the fish when trying to juggle it into position to swallow it. Still I was happy about three things: 1) it was in range (just about with the x2 converter attached), 2) it was on a post where I could get a nice blurred background and 3) the winter sun was almost perfect. Here are my favourite pictures:-
Well it's back to work next week. I have a new contract in London starting on 11th November. Hopefully working away from home Monday to Friday again will still allow me some time each month for a little photography.
By the way I have also had little time to update the website recently. Actually I been building a website for my daughter and son-in-law who a while ago took up wedding and portrait photography. You can see the site I've built them at www.whelanphotography.co.uk as well as their work of course. While we are talking family, I guess I should mention that one of my other daughters has a thriving wedding cake business. Her website (not built by me) is at www.flissycakes.com.