Today in the garden the Brambling was missing but two Lesser Redpolls were still present. Great stuff!
I nipped into Bushey Park despite the damp grey and decidedly inclement weather. The Grebes were conspicuous by their absence - I do hope they've not disappeared completely!!
A couple of week's ago I met a fellow photographer, Richard Peters. Richard has an interesting blog, a website and some interesting and helpful tips for photographing wild life. We're both still trying to find the Grebes in Bushey Park.
So today, I decided to emulate him and try some very low level shots.
Well, in principal, this is an excellent idea. Richard uses a bean bag to support his camera when shooting from a low angle - this is something I don't have. However, on the basis of "nothing ventured, nothing gained" and given that there were not many people about to observe me.....
I decided to get some shots from the bird's level, so to speak. So lying prone on the ground, with my camera balanced in my left hand and left elbow firmly on the ground, I started to take photographs. The passers-by glanced at the mad woman lying on the ground in slightly damp weather and moved on quickly!
It's really interesting how different the birds look at their own level. The light was dreadful, the sky grey, the atmosphere damp - to say the least; the results of my labour?????
I took this in an upright position (me that is, not the Canada Goose!)
Up in the same tree I'd seen him recently, this Reed Bunting was still singing away...
right - let's get down then...
Tuftie trying to ignore the wind!
These Red Crested Pochards made interesting subjects
as did this one (of four) Egyptian Geese Goslings
Not quite such a low position, but this Cob Mute Swan was moving weed from the edge of the pond, into the pond!
Ah well, a short trip out and an experiment which I shall repeat.
BUT, getting down was one thing, getting up........
(If you don't hear from me for a while, I'm still trying to get up.......)
Hopefully I (and or Richard) will still find the Grebes on another day - fingers crossed!!
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