Today saw the second of my photography workshops at Hatfield Forest today. It was a most enjoyable day and I loved being able to help my student take control over her camera to make better photos. Naturally I spent most of my time taking photos to illustrate concepts and settings rather than great works of art and the only shot I felt worthy of publication was a picture I took on the decoy lake where there some beautiful reflections.
After I’d bade farewell to my student I had a couple of hours of freedom before our staff barbecue so I went for a stroll to hunt for wildlife. Yet again, my attempt to find our grebe family proved unsuccessful but I found plenty of other creatures. I encountered the Canada Geese relaxing by the lake. Initially they were a little wary of me so I sat quietly on a nearby bench for a few minutes to show I wasn’t a threat. This seemed to placate them and they settled down again, allowing me to take some photos of their two goslings.
In the fishermen’s shelter I found swallows nesting among the rafter. Judging by the comings and goings their eggs have already hatched but I only saw the most fleeting glimpse of them, contenting myself with a picture of one of the adults.
From there I headed back to the decoy lake where I’d seen a pair of coots with their young family. Hiding behind some plant cover I watched spellbound as they lovingly fed their offspring. Occasionally they appeared in a large enough gap among the greenery for me to catch a clean shot of family life.
Finally I wandered back across the grass, stopping to observe the rabbits. Once again, one of the younger animals showed some trust in me and continued to graze as I crept closer. Remembering some of tips I’d shared earlier in the day about shooting from your subject’s point of view I laid down on the grass and quietly shuffled towards the rabbit. By the time I took my photos I had my chin among the blades of grass, allowing me to truly capture a bunny’s eye view!
13 June 2018