Monday 22 September 2014

In Flight

I've been out and about on patch a few times today. First thing this morning I went to Black Hole Marsh hoping to get some nice photos of the Little Stints. Unfortunately they simply weren't playing and remained about as far away as they possibly could. When they did eventually move they flew off out onto the estuary. I did get a couple of shots of them in flight though. After lunch I popped over to Seaton Marshes and took a stroll around the borrow pit. There were stacks of Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers but the icing on the cake here was getting some flight shots of a Male Southern Hawker, something I've never managed before. Then this evening back to Black Hole Marsh where the Little Stints continued to evade me but I did get a few distant action shots of a Kingfisher. 

The three Little Stints and a Ringed Plover

 Little Stints

Young Shelduck

Black-tailed Godwit

 Migrant Hawker - Aeshna mixta

Southern Hawker - Aeshna cyanea

There's a Kingfisher in there somewhere.

...Ta dah!


Wilma said...

the godwit, hawker, and kingfisher shots are terrific!

JRandSue said...

Love the flight shots,very impressed with the Southern Hawker,I'm still trying to perfect the art.

Karen Woolley said...

Thanks Wilma and John both :-)

Trouble with Southern Hawkers John is that they aren't as prone to hover, Migrant Hawker best to practice on coz they love hovering!

Ian Andrews said...

How the hell do you get the shots of a flying dragonfly? Must have a look at my auto focus manual notes. Brilliant.

Millymollymandy said...

Wow I'm really impressed by the dragonfly photos! I have Southern Hawkers flying around my pond which do hover (and look at me and and say ya boo sucks) but only when I am not pointing a camera at them.
Anyway I wanted to say thank you because I've just looked up where these places are that you have mentioned, as I will be in Somerset staying with my mum in mid November, and Seaton is only half an hour from where she lives, so it's somewhere interesting to go birdwatching relatively nearby!