I haven’t been out with the camera for a while, well, not for my own amusement. I’ve had a few portrait sessions with various families, but the wildlife photography has taken a bit of a back seat.
Recently, I visited the Gower in West Wales for a few days of rest and relaxation. The rain and fog clung to the coastline for much of my stay but I was determined to dust the cobwebs off my 400mm prime lens (with a Canon 7D MKII) and hunt for a few birds. The opportunities were few and far between – on one walk a kestrel sat for a few moments while I opened fire, then took off out of focal reach. On another occasion, I visited the Llanelli Wetland Centre which sprawls across the banks of the River Loughor estuary. It’s a fabulous place with captive and wild birds to keep everyone from amateur bird watchers to hardcore twitchers amused for hours. Despite the grey day I captured a couple of shots.
Below: American wood duck
Below: Swan goose
Below: Red-crested pochard
Below: Wren. I’m desperate to get a good photo of a wren – I love them – but they are such secretive little birds, always skulking around in the undergrowth. I see them all the time but capturing them in the open is hard work and inevitably there will be a series of distracting branches in the fore/background. *sigh*
Below: Puna teals
Below: South American shoveler duck