A Grey Heron at the lake catching a bite of breakfast

Hunting a Grey Heron at the Lake

That grey heron at Brackley’s St James Lake! He eluded me for a long time. Indeed I still have few photos of him, though I have to admit that I spend much less time at the lake these days.

All of my efforts to take a photo had, so far, proved reasonably fruitless. The excellent weather on this particular morning seemed like a good opportunity to take the camera for a walk and track down this elusive bird.

Grey Heron in Flight
The first Heron leaving.

Well, this morning’s visit proved to be a bit more productive. First off, I grabbed a shot or two of the heron, until he flew away. At which point I realised that there were in fact two of them!

The (second) grey heron parked himself on a temporary fence, put in place to protect some vegetation. He and and I sat and stared at each other for a while. He clearly was aware of me.

Eventually his need for breakfast caused him to reach into the water and grab a fish, providing me with a great shot of the bird and a reflection (at the top of the page).

white goose in flight
A white goose flying past.

Of course the time waiting for the grey heron to move was not wasted. Although I missed the landing of a flock of Canada geese, a white goose just happened to fly by.

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Footnote

This is a refresh of a post originally posted on 6 August 2013. I still like the photo, but the post was looking a bit dated!

Water bubbles with water running over the algae on the spillway wall blurring the image of the algae.

Water Bubbles

Water bubbles, formed by water running over the spillway, covered in green and brown algae.
Something a little abstract for a change. I like the effect of the blurred colours, with the bubbles at the bottom.
Abstract style photography like this is not something I often do. But I do like this one.

This photo came from our local St James Lake, a useful spot to walk and see the ducks, geese and, sometimes, swans.

Water Bubbles
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A mallard drake duck just touching the water on the lake.

A Duck and Some Luck

Safe Landing

It is said that you make your own luck. One way or another luck often seems to play a part in wildlife photography, whether we are talking about the plains of central Africa or just the local lake. Here’s a lucky catch of a duck, wings flared for his landing, just millimetres above the water, with a nice reflection in the ripples.

This was taken a couple of years ago, and needed a bit of re-processing. Since this shot I have never been able to repeat it in better lighting, despite being there with the right lens and settings. But, come spring, there will hopefully be good reason to try and catch the ducks AND swans landing.

Let’s see how lucky I can be.

For the photo fiends, the duck was shot with a Canon EOS 450D and Sigma 70-300mm f/4 – 5.6 APO zoom at 263mm, 1/500 @ f/10 at ISO 400.

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