While David kept a vigil for the heron at the ramp I relaxed photographing small birds near the Christmas hide. Monday being a weekday, the reserve is quiet and the birds more confiding. I was able to get really close to a sedge warbler and a common whitethroat, and reasonably close to some linnets.
|Hobby. "I'm hungry! Hope there's some food soon".|
|"There's a damsel fly. I'll go for it!"|
|"Nearly there! Get claws ready."|
|"Gotcha!! Mmm! Lovely!"|
|"Right. Where's the next one?"|
From the hide we saw a pair of common terns on the raft, mating even this late in the season.
|Common terns. "I told you to sit on those eggs!"|
We wandered over to the ARC pit hoping the spoonbills might have landed there. They hadn't, but there were more reed warblers! Several times I tried to get a shot without success. The reeds were thick and autofocus doesn't work in that situation. I initially had my camera on a beanbag but it's not possible to focus manually with the focus ring resting on a beanbag! Finally, I put my camera on the tripod and waited. After a couple of failures I finally managed to nail a shot of a reed warbler bringing food back to some youngsters out of sight.
|Reed warbler bring food to its young.|