Not such gorgeous lighting, but this young Moorhen was puttering around in the grass just in front of my hide. They continually flick their tails up and down and this is used by the adults for display and warnings too.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Lower Moors on St Mary's
One of my favourite places to go birding on St Mary's is Lower Moors. This is situated just north of Old Town Bay and is about a 20 minute walk from the house where we were staying. It is an area of reedbed with a pond that has two hides to look out from. This year there was an awful lot of algae covering quite a large percentage of the water which was pretty for photographs, but not so good for the birds. This photo below was taken one evening with the warm light of a beautiful sunset.One of the things I like about Lower Moors is that you can get quite a bit closer to the birds which made for some nice photo opportunities. This Common Snipe was happily feeding away about 15-20 feet from me.Here it is cropped in a bit.I like this shot alot, if I could just have got a nice glint in the eye, I'd have been a VERY happy bunny!This one is taken against a more camouflaged background.As well as two hides, there is also a well placed bird blind which we all made use of. This is Geoff, David and Jane watching something intently.Then it was my turn, we were probably looking at Snipe again as this is a favoured spot for them. I took a couple of short videos of the Snipe which I hope you can view by clicking on the following youtube links: http://www.youtube.com/user/24Winterwren#p/u/1/njXFiEdYt3g and http://www.youtube.com/user/24Winterwren#p/u/2/OD0AwPLnDEc I'm pretty new to putting stuff on youtube, so please let me know if it works ok.This photo of a lovely Grey Wagtail was taken in poor light so when cropped made it quite a 'soft' photo. They're such graceful birds with that long bobbing tail and subtle colouring.This next set of photos was taken in that beautiful warm evening sunlight. An adult Moorhen gradually made its way closer to the hide where I was sitting. I've never managed to get a decent photo of Moorhen, but these didn't turn out too bad. I love the rich colouring and reflections made by the bird and the grasses.