I popped over to Hatfield Forest this morning, hoping to photograph a tawny owl that lives in one of the trees. Sadly she wasn't there today so I headed down to the lake in case there were some other photo opportunities around. Predictably, one of the local robins was there so I grabbed a somewhat windswept photo as it sat on a hawthorn bush near the cafe, singing to me.
From there I walked down to the lake where I was lucky enough to find a Little Egret swooping around over the water. I quickly picked my jet aircraft in flight preset on my camera (aside from the size of subject, photographically speaking birds and jet aircraft in flight have quite similar demands!) and tracked it as it flew. I was thrilled to catch these two shots - an unexpected bonus in the circumstances.
Thinking I'd had all the luck I was entitled to today I drove back out and was delighted to spot a herd of a dozen Fallow Deer from the exit road. They weren't bothered by my car and just stood there, staring at me. Stupidly I'd put my camera in the boot so I drove a few yards further down the road, grabbed it, and quietly walked back to the spot where I'd seen them. They were, of course, aware of my presence, but didn't seem inclined to run yet so I crept behind a large oak tree, from where I could catch a frame-filling image without spooking them further. Finally they decided it was time to move on, but not before I'd caught this picture of three does looking straight at my camera.
2 March 2017