Bittern By The Bug!

14th July 2010
Well my quest to get some reasonable images of Marsh harriers at Langford Lowfields continues. I took another trip there this morning. I was at the viewing point for 4.30am and watched the sun start to come up and then disappear behind cloud! The camera and lens where really struggling for light to enable me to get any flight shots at all.

All the recent hot weather had also lead me to a poor equipment choice, you really don’t want to be stood about in a tee-shirt at that time in the morning. I did persevere however, and the Marsh Harriers finally graced me with their presence at around 6.40am. And as normal they where way over at the other end of the reserve. Far to distant for any meaningful photography.

On two occasions I was surprised by something light brown in colour skimming across the tops of the reeds. On both occasions I was caught out because it seemed to appear from no-where. On the second occasion I did manage to swing the camera around and snap a few shots. Unfortunately I had to use ISO 400 to get any sort of shutter speed and a wide open aperture. The bird was also very distant across the reeds.

I’m a firm believer that in wildlife photography you should always try and find a positive from any trip you make, however badly it appears to have gone. From todays trip I could say a waste of time, poor weather, harriers distant again and tired all day from the early start. However, my spin on it is this. Had to work harder to get any sort of image, this will pay off on the good days. Saw my first Bittern, and managed to get an image of my first bittern and to cap it all it was a flight shot.

So, try and be positive. I have got pictures of a bird I have never seen before let alone photographed, and I now have a site where images of Marsh Harriers and Bittern are present on my doorstep. On reflection a pretty worthwhile morning!




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