Catching Up! Part 1

22nd June 2014
First of all apologies for the lack of updates and to all who have emailed me over the last few months. I'm not sure what has happened with the emails as most went straight to the spam folder for some reason and I haven't looked at my site for months so I missed them,I'll reply to them as soon as I can.

Photography wise I've been pretty busy although not always successful but overall I've had a good spring. I first targeted the Whooper Swans before they flew back to their breeding grounds, after a few unsuccessful trips it all came together when I decided on a late minute afternoon trip. The Swans had started to gather together in large numbers in the surrounding fields and near days end they would take off in huge waves to go and roost on the nearby wetlands. I managed to position myself on a high bank between the fields and the wetlands which gave me some nice eye level shots.









I then moved my attention to the summer visitors which were starting to come into the country, I love this time of year, every day is filled with bird song as they try and secure mates and territory for the frantic breeding season.

The first one in front of my lens was the Chiffchaff.







I then found some very obliging Whitethroats, there seems to be good numbers of these about this year..









I spent a lot of time looking for Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears but unfortunately I only managed one decent shot of the Wagtails which was very frustrating and the Wheatears proved to be just as frustrating until my last visit to the site when one bird spent the whole day with me, cost me a full box of mealworms though.. :)











I had a few first as well when I found a couple of Corn Buntings which are getting very scarce nowadays so I was very pleased to get some images despite the poor light..









The best find though was the Turtle Doves, I haven't seen one for years and hopefully I'll get a few more images of them in the coming weeks..



Staying local to home I popped in to see the Herons, I left it a bit late again but got a few shots for my efforts.







Last but not least and for me the sound of summer, Swifts,I love the sound of them screaming around chasing each other and I'm very fortunate to have a good number of them where I live. I literally stand on my drive or in the back garden and photograph them speeding by..








Once again, sorry for the lack of updates and thanks for looking.