Just a short blog to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking Lol. The weather has been very poor lately in my part of the world. The main problem has been the high winds we have been experiencing. It hasn't stopped me getting out, but it's mainly been a few hours here and there over the last couple of weeks sooner than a full day anywhere. If it hasn't been blowing a gale it's been raining or snowing. I could go sit in a hide and wait for something to turn up but that bores me and I'm not good at sitting for long. I soon get backache and the urge to move around kicks in. Saying that I do spend quite a bit of time sat in the car using it as a mobile hide, but the difference in this to a static hide that is open to the public is I can get out and stretch my legs without disturbing other people.
Anyway to carry on. I have made several visits to Waters Edge Country Park at Barton-upon-Humber over the last couple of weeks. Generally during the morning period when we have managed a few rare hours of sunshine. The problem being as said earlier the high winds. Birds don't fly in high winds any more than they are forced, so getting in flight photographs of the ducks has been nearly impossible. Most days they have been hunkered down at one end of the ponds and staying put out of the wind as much as possible. The geese have been a little more willing to fly but not as much as usual. I did manage a few photographs of some Greylag geese as they came into land on one of my visits but that's been about it for in flight shots at Barton.
On one of my visits to Waters Edge I did manage to locate a small mixed flock of Siskin and Repoll. Again the wind was a nuisance as the birds fed on Alder cones. The trees were swaying wildly and keeping a bird in the camera view finder was difficult let alone getting a blur free shot. Took me over two hours to get any photographs I was happy with.
Female Siskin feeding on Alder cones
If it has managed to keep fine I have often called at Worlaby carrs in the afternoons to try for the Short-eared owls. My luck with these has not been great. If I managed an afternoon with any decent light the birds either didn't show at all or showed at a distance too great for any decent shots. On the dull wet and often windy days when I have been there they have sometimes shown a little closer but then I have had to use a very high ISO setting on the 7D to get any sort of a shutter speed to catch them in flight. High ISO with the 7D doesn't bode well for a great photograph. Sounds like all I'm doing is moaning, well I guess I am, but I am a bit of a perfectionist where my photographs are concerned, and I don't like showing you images that are not up to my usual standards when I know given slightly better conditions I could do much better.
Well that's about all for this post. It's blowing a gale and snowing yet again as I write this. Weather forecast for tomorrow, Thursday 7th February 2013 is a little better with hopefully some sunshine so with a bit of luck I will be out and about again.