Monday, 10 February 2014

IT’S ABOUT TIME…..

….This is my first post since the start of the year and I guess most of you will have now fully recovered from all the excesses and celebrations and, despite all the rain, be well into the delights and discoveries of 2014, it certainly seems that way when reading all of your excellent posts.
The main reason that I’ve not done a post till now is due to a large dose of apathy brought on by starting the year off with a mega cold/flu(?) that lasted from Boxing day through the most of the first three weeks of January. Then for the last couple of weeks it’s been a matter of finding the time, there seems to have been lots of those little important jobs that couldn’t be left any longer and needed to be done.  The third reason/excuse is that, although I’ve been out and about on a few occasions (most times with Keith), I’ve not managed to take many decent photographs.

So, after all of the excuses here’s a few almost half decent images!

This first one was taken on New Years Day when Keith and I, after visiting RSPB Titchwell in Norfolk, went to the nearby Holkham Nature Reserve. The day day had turned cold and wet with a steady downpour, it wasn’t doing my cold any good!  Little did we expect to find this many people out in the cold and the rain, the road is about a mile long, there were so many cars and people that we had difficulty finding anywhere to park the car!
About time 01 people
What’s it like in the Summer??

A few flight shots…

About time 1 MS
Mute Swan  RSPB Frampton Marsh Lincolnshire - 2nd.January

About time 2 C
Cormorant  Caldecotte Lake Buckinghamshire – 23rd. January

About time 3 P
Male Pochard  WWT Welney Norfolk – 27th. January

About time 4 M
About time 5 M
Mallard WWT Welney Norfolk - 27th. January

About time 6 L
About time 7 L
Lapwing RSPB Frampton  Lincolnshire – 3rd. February

About time 8 BTG
Part of a large flock of Black-tailed Godwit  RSPB Frampton – 3rd. February


18 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

It's nice to have you back again, and its very nice to them all bird floating by.

The Herald said...

Thank you Bob...[;o)

FOREST SNAPPER said...

glad you back Trevor, i think i have got the same cold, it wont go away.Love the new header too.

peter

The Herald said...

Thanks Peter. Yeh, I know what you mean about the cold I still haven't managed shake it off completely yet!...[;o)

holdingmoments said...

Great header Trev,

I remember that very wet day at Holkham lol
Worth a return soon.
The flight shots are excellent.

The Herald said...

Cheers Keith. Little did we know that that rainy day was the start of things to come. A return visit?...only if the sun shines..lol!...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

like the new header.
I would have turned tale and fled at the sight of crowds like that.

You are seriously rivalling Douglas with these shots. they are beautifully composed. I like the birds if pairs and the symmetry in the last shot.

The Herald said...

Thank you Adrian, It was a real surprise to see that many people out and about in the cold and the rain...I thought that it was only silly buggers like me a Keith that did that sort of thing?
You're too kind, I think I've got a long way to go before I reach the standard that Douglas achieves...[;o)

ADRIAN said...

Trevor, were you swinging that lens of his your Flu would have been a thing of the past a long time in the past.
I look forward to meeting Douglas. I'll call him Sir. He must have biceps like my thighs and the stamina of a marathon runner.
I struggle to lift the 400mm onto the tripod.
Have you thought of selling the house and getting the new Canon 200-400 with extender built in. I see the sports snappers have gone this route.

douglas mcfarlane said...

I hope you back to full health now Trevor, I have driven past Holkham in the summer and it was believe it or not nowhere near as busy as that in your image.
Great flight shots especially the Pochard.

The Herald said...

Adrian, Douglas is definitely a master of his art.
I think the nearest that I'll ever get to that 200-400 is the few intimate moments I had with one at the Bird Fare last year, it sure is a thing to envy...now, where did I put that lottery ticket?...[;o)



Almost Douglas,bloody cold won't go away completely though!
Maybe the car park charges at Holkham, which if I remember rightly were rather steep, we 'forgot' to pay btw, keeps the punters away in the summer?
Thanks, I was rather pleased with that Pochard shot...[;o)

Carole M. said...

Trevor, I can understand everyone wanting to get out when there's the slightest chance after the horrendous downpours you're having. The most ever recorded I heard last night. Lovely photos and take care!

Roy Norris said...

Well Trevor, these flight shots were definitely worth waiting for. Brilliant.
Yes you have to pace yourself especially after a cold in winter, no need to do anything stupid like rushing off out as soon as you think its clear. Although generally mild, the damp weather will do nobody any good and have we had some damp weather.!!
Look forward to images from your exploits as soon as the weather bucks up and Spring starts to arrive.

The Herald said...

Carole, lots of people around the country are suffering with the flood water at the moment and there seems to be no let up in sight for the wet weather. Fortunately I live in an area that doesn't suffer from flooding (I hope!) Think I'll stay indoors in the dry and the warm though!...[;o)


Thank you Roy. The trouble with staying indoors is that after a while I start to get 'stir crazy' and just have to get out, despite the weather. I'm hoping that Spring is just around the corner!...[;o)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Trevor Glad to see you back but sorry your cold/flu took so long for you to recover. These are all great flight shots and I am amazed that the Cormorant is in breeding plumage already.

The Herald said...

Thanks Margaret. Yeh, almost back to fighting fitness...lol!

The Cormorant must be an early starter!...[;o)

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful flight shots...

The Herald said...

Thanks Andrew...[;o)