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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Thursday, 30 December 2010

FLASHING IN THE BATHS (30/12/10)

Today has been a nondescript sort of day…………..no rain but dull and cloudy. Had a wonderful couple of hours wading up and down the estuary after a Curlew. I hardly managed a shot of it never mind a half decent picture. Just one of those days. All ambitions of wonderful uncropped images came to nought. Still were it easy there would be little fun in it.

We saw the Geese overhead, the Oystercatchers, a lone Widgeon, a something else and the Goldeneye but they flew off before I got close. There were two female ones with them today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     The Something Else………….I’ll hazard a guess at Common Sandpiper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     A Grey Heron……………it was misbehaving It flew one way………I followed …….it flew back could have played that game all day but it may have starved…………serve it right!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA       The Curlew or I hope it is……..it had obviously had lessons from the Heron.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        Another Haven’t a Clue…………….This river is fine but the birds really blend in…….even big ones are hard to spot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        A pair of departing Goldeneye. The sum total of my achievement if one ignores a welly full of muddy water and a pair of trousers that will in all probability be ruined for ever.

Came back to the truck, had a quick clean round………….it was quick anti bacterial spray and a flick here and there with kitchen roll………Had a read. Had a siesta. Thought this is not much of a post so wandered up to the Roman baths for a spot of flashing in the dark……………This expedition turned out little better.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA        OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           We flashed here, we flashed there but it was getting boring and unproductive……………I was just about to take the camera off the tripod when a rare beast appeared……………The West Cumberland Flying Glow Worm…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA           Only jesting………..it’s my torch really…………….and a touch of colourizing in PS.

We’ll be out tomorrow undeterred…………bright eyed and bushy tailed………pigs are fed and flying!

All the best.

 

9 comments:

  1. It looks like your something else is a Common Sandpiper, and the haven't a clue is a Redshank.
    I'll go along with Curlew.
    That seems a great place for birds Adrian.

    Been thick fog pretty much all day here.

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  2. I agree with Keith, and it's a great places for birds. That last picture, it's really something you can preach about.

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  3. Happy New Year Adrian. May you have a wonderful year of traveling.

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  4. Amusing and very enjoyable read, as always. Happy New Year Adrian.

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  5. There's certainly plenty of mussels on that beach. The Roman baths looks a very atmospheric place - did you get any vibes? That is a very clever glow-worm to create that dollar sign! :D

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  6. I'm smiling. Pigs fed and flying. Like it.

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  7. I see you've found a new way to sign your pictures !! ... I must go and buy myself a torch.... that'll mean me taking every picture on the tripod to free an extra hand !!
    It's been great finding you this year Adrian. I know you are quite modest about what you do and the bad photographic days that you have and I may not have learned very much about processing so far, but your entertainment and knowledge is second to none, thanks for that. Happy new Year.

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  8. Another great illustrated read Adrian. I really like the first flashy shot.
    Very best wishes for 2011 and hope you manage to find some birds which appreciate all your efforts to record them for posterity.

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  9. Keith many thanks.......Dark and dismal here.

    Bob thanks..........it is a dummy run for tomorrow.

    Trevor .......thanks......I'll do my best.

    Angie, thank you, you have a good year and draw some more birds please.

    Lesley, no vibes......I usually do feel atmosphere but this place is dead. The gloworms round here are extremely bright.

    Graham, glad to amuse.

    Jay, good to have you along for the ride. It is fun but sometimes hard work. Most of the images I'm pleased with owe as much to luck as skill. having said that the more I practise the luckier I get.

    John, sometimes it works and sometimes not....It's a matter of catching the ambient light just so. half a dozen flash units would help.

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