On 28th October, I wanted some excercise and decided to visit Burwell Fen, Cambridgeshire for a walk-about. Having heavy glass is fine for photography but can be rather restrictive when you just want to get out and not be loaded down. So I took just the new 100-400 mk2 lens and the 7Dmk2 camera.
By the time I had arrived, the sun had disappeared and it was quite heavy cloud. Rolex Submariner replica Taking the path across the fen, a male Stonechat popped up in front of me, allowing a couple of shots.
The light was really quite poor and then a couple of Short-eared Owls made an appearance. This really tested the camera-lens combination and most images were trashed immediately but one stood out as a keeper - at ISO3600.
On 3rd November, I decided to visit Grafham Water. I had been there for a while and, despite no reports of anything in the past couple of days thought it worth a try. There is a newish hide there and the idea of taking it easy, sitting in the hide for two or three hours appealed to me.
Arriving, I get up in the corner and then scanned the bird reserve area in Littless Creek. Bingo. A pair of Bewick's Swans were feeding - rather distant so I made for the old hide which would have been closer - but it had been demolished since my last visit. However, it had been replaced by a screen which helped to disguise me.
Patience was the order of the day. Better Bewick's Swan shots were high on my list of targets for this winter and I was not going to pass this opportunity.
Returning to the hide, I spent some time with a pair of Goldeneye.
And even a Tufted Duck got into the act, firstly by striking this pose that it maintained for several minutes.
and then surfacing with this
which it played with for several minutes. Still not sure what it was rolex replica - probably a stone - but stange behaviour never-the-less.
Then the whole scene was disturbed a two fishermen that drove their boat straight into the reserve area, putting everything to flight. Despite them being seen off by the warden in another boat, the damage had been done for the day. I always thought that fishermen were very wild-life friendly but I suppose there are the odd exceptions.