Frustrating weather

October 18, 2013  •  1 Comment

The weather has finally changed after a long period of reasonably settled weather trying to get a day out with the camera has been frustratingly difficult.

Yesterday after finishing work early I rushed down to catch the incoming tide for waders. Walking along the pebble ridge I spotted a small group of waders near the waters edge so slowly made my way closer. The birds were Golden plovers and the closer I got the more I could see with over 20 being the final count. These birds are extremely nervous and fly at the slightest sign of danger, with this in mind I dropped to my hands and knees put my camera on the tripod and slowly edged closer. Wet sand meant wet knees etc which was not very comfortable but I managed to get which I thought was about thirty metres away (camera exif actually shows 36m). As the tide was incoming quite quickly and the beach is flat the birds were slowly getting closer to me as they were forced in.

I took pictures every time they moved a fraction closer but this plan was quickly foiled as someone else had decided to walk up behind me with his camera only instead of a slow and low approach he was stood upright and as he walked behind me they all took flight! No doubt one day I will manage to get another 5-10m closer and get the shots i'm after.

 

Golden ploverGolden ploverA difficult species to photograph as they tend to be very wary of human presence and fly off at the slightest sign of danger.
Northam beach, N.Devon

 

 


Comments

Frank Gardiner(non-registered)
Great blog Steve, I hope you batted the clod around the ear. I had the same thing happen to me recently, when I as trying to creep in on waders. I had taken a good hour to get to the position I was in. I took no action, as he was quite a well respected local birder, and big.
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