Tuesday 9 November 2010

Not Autumn Watch

It has to be said I'm not very good at capturing wildlife on camera! It's never in the right place at the right time. It doesn't stay still for very long and moves off just as I'm about to take its picture.
Driving home from Inverness at the weekend, was no exception! These migrating swans and geese had come down to rest in the far corner of the wrong  field at the wrong time of day, just as the light was going. We counted twenty five Hooper swans some still juveniles in their greyish coats.
A  large flock of geese flying in perfect "V" formation - until I got my camera out, at which point the formation started to break up.
There must have been hundreds of geese. I couldn't identify them.  There was much noise and activity, and with one flap of the wings they rose in the air together to continue their journey south.
leaving just the swans, moving away from the camera!
And whilst on the subject of bad bird photography, I must show you this. You have to squint a bit to see it. A little snow bunting in summer plumage flitting about on the path ahead of us on a recent walk to Sandwood bay. He put in an appearance as the light was fading and on a day when I'd got the 'other lens' on the camera.
I can 'do' feathers though, particularly this one that was very still underwater in a puddle on the beach, and not going anywhere!


Lucille said...

What a sight. At least you saw it all! I've been wanting to prove I have a Greater Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder but of course it sees me coming and I have countless pictures of the empty feeder.

rachel said...

exsientrA large bird on the wing is always a glorious sight - but so many!! Wonderful.

annie hoff said...

We had a Pine Martin at the bird feeder back in the summer - but my photo of him is so blurry, it just looks like a brown blur!

Lucille said...

Has Rachael spotted a new bird - the exsientrA ?

annie hoff said...

I did wonder!

S. Etole said...

They look like an army on the march ... your feather photo is exquisite.

Dartford Warbler said...

What a wonderful sight. There is a flock of Canada Geese on the River Avon water meadows, but I have yet to see them take off.

Our pair of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers are getting hungry and have started visiting the peanut holder again.

I would love to see a Snow Bunting.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Yes , now we're directly under a flight path , we hear them overhead .
It's a bit like going to the ballet for the first time . You're surprised that someone so feathery and graceful lands with a (soft) thud !

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