Work In Progress!

10th July 2010
This weeks blog deals entirely with one location. Langford Lowfields is an RSPB reserve on the Eastern edge of Nottinghamshire. It isn’t yet open to the public, and I would stress that at the moment it is important that it stays that way, for the protection of the wildlife and for your own health and safety.

The RSPB, however, have been kind enough to create a viewing area on one of the footpaths that encircle the site. From here you get extensive views of what has to be the largest reed bed in the county. This is very much still under development and the site is still a working gravel quarry in places.

I had gone to the viewing area with the specific idea of working on my flight and action shots of the birds that frequent the reed beds. Common Terns and Herons are regular visitors. I have been very fortunate this year to also be able to view the only breeding pair of Marsh Harriers in the county. Consequently it has become a bit of a mission to try and get some reasonable shots of them. This prompted a 4am start this morning to be at the viewing area by 4.30 and in position for sun rise at 4.50! I think I have managed to get some ok images of the birds today. They do seem to hug the far bank of the reed bed and this is where my camera was trained this morning. Much to my surprise one of the birds flew up from the reeds directly in front of me at around 6.00am, and as normal I wasn’t ready and the shots I got where not the stunners I was after. Still I have to see this as progress and they are the best shots I’ve got yet.

I have posted one in the recent images gallery of the male and you can see the female below.

As always with these issues I would stress that if you fancy a visit to the site please stick to the public footpaths around the site and in particular the RSPB viewing site as this has been placed in the best position. I know this as I’ve walked round them all and this offers the best views!

I will continue to try and get to the site whenever I can and hopefully improve my shots of this beautiful and rare bird of prey.

If you would like a guided tour of the site with an RSPB expert then please have a look at their website as I believe they are doing a number of guided walks around the site in July/August, the first is scheduled for July 18th 2010.


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