Spring is here

Animals, Nature, Photography, Wildlife

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

3 thoughts on “Spring is here”

  1. Relax... says:

    Wow, these shots are amazing. These birds and fowl are all so beautiful.

      • Relax... says:

        I can’t help picturing the Lord designing these and enjoying it!

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