Friday, 29 January 2010
On my first pass I walked straight past the enclosure because the Panda was not visible. It took me a short while to realise that it was up in the tree watching me. After that I spent a happy half hour with this most endearing creature. Utterly enchanting.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
So here instead is shot from New Year's day and a very shy jay which managed to hope behind a branch nearly every time I positioned myself to get a clean shot of it!
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
As the day progressed more took to the air - but they have a genius for being exactly where I am not. No matter where I positioned myself there always seemed to be more red kites where I had just come from. I'd get in a spot to put the sun behind me - and they'd all move behind as well. Still, over the day I managed a number of shots with progressively numbing hands.
In the afternoon I found a dead squirrel in a hedge row. Possibly dropped after an aerial squabble. Deciding this could be my lucky break I moved it into the centre of a field and retired to the cover of a frosty hedge to await the kites. I must confess I was dissapointed with these supposedly sharp-eyed scavangers. Two circled right overhead at one point, but neither moved in. I can only assume that they'd eaten their fill of chilly squirrel, or failed to spot it entirely. Nevertheless I managed a few more shots before becoming so cold I had to start moving agaun.
It's always a privilige to spend time with this majestic birds and despite the cold I had a most enjoyable day...
You can see more of the day's shots on my flickr stream.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Friday, 1 January 2010
I did, however, manage a few images, including this nuthatch. It like most of the birds spent far too much time in the shade, so most of my other shots were motion blurred.
I hope that your passage into the New Year has been as much fun as mine and I wish you all a blessed and prosperous 2010!