Every cloud has a silver lining

by Helen Hooker March. 02, 2017 2013 views

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

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Timothy Bullock 3 years, 12 months ago

Great pictures! love the texture.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Timothy Bullock 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Jill Bahm 3 years, 12 months ago

These are beautiful images! I can't get over your bird shots - always so lovely!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jill Bahm 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you so much Jill!

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Tomie Poodle 3 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful serie ! love pic 2.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Tomie Poodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank you Max!

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Cyron Agustin 3 years, 12 months ago

beautiful <3

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Helen Hooker Replied to Cyron Agustin 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you very much!

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Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 12 months ago

Gorgeous series - the robin is my fav! Mxx

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Helen Hooker Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 12 months ago

Thanks Marilyn! xx

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David Allen 3 years, 12 months ago

Lovely set of photos. I think the three deer is my favourite.

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Helen Hooker Replied to David Allen 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you David - finding them made my day 😊

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 12 months ago

#1 Wonderful subject, composition, color & clarity....#2 Here's lookin' at you "kid"......#3 Majesty in flight...#4 Good eye & quick trigger finger, to get these shadows over their faces.....Lovely series, as always, Helen!

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Helen Hooker Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 12 months ago

thank you so much Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Helen Hooker 3 years, 12 months ago

Always a pleasure, Helen!

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Sonny Portacio 3 years, 12 months ago

Wonderful captured images Helen! I love the simplicity and minimalism.

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Helen Hooker Replied to Sonny Portacio 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you Sonny :-)

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Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 12 months ago

Beautiful photos Helen as always!

3 years, 12 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you Stephanie!

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Heike 3 years, 12 months ago

All 4 photos truly a feast for the eyes !

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Helen Hooker Replied to Heike 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you so much - what a compliment! :-)

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 12 months ago

Amazing flight scenes of that egret

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Helen Hooker Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 12 months ago

Thank you Antonio - I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time :-)

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