A couple of days ago whilst out with the macro lens I noticed a small skein of what I hoped were Pink-footed geese, they were flying near the surface of the loch and I noticed they were smaller than Grey Lags and didn’t have an orange beak. I broke into a fast canter and tried to persuade the dogs to catch up as I went to get the long lens. I was only quarter of a mile from the van and could have made it back in time as they kept doing flypasts. No such luck, the dogs had found a dead Brown Trout so I had to go back and tell the wee buggers to leave it. By the time I got sorted they had gone but one remained.
The one that stayed is a Grey Lag and very tame. It’s been here for a couple of days and is unfazed by either the dogs or humans. Yesterday it was helping the builders construct a new patio thingy and as they got warm and hung their jackets up it started going through their pockets. It must have been hand reared as it follows cars and the pickup truck, taps on caravan doors to be fed and generally gets under folks feet. It is beautiful.
Last night as the sun was setting I got a clear shot of another bird I’ve been after for ages. I know that they are common and you birders will have hundreds of sharp images of them but this is the first one I’ve managed to capture twig free and sharp.
Tomorrow is eclipse day here and the forecast isn’t looking very promising.
I need a bit of thin cloud as I’ve only got a ten stop filter and it may not be enough if the skies are clear. I have all the batteries charged and will try for a time lapse video. This website is very useful as it gives a timeline and an animation of the eclipse for several locations in the UK.
If I don’t post tomorrow then have a good weekend.