This morning dawned (as most days do!) but a bit hazy. During the morning it got clearer so I had a quick sandwich and headed over to the London Wetland Centre. On arrival I walked through to the first hide but before I reached it, I discovered a guy I'd met before when we were both photographing lizards - this time I wasn't to be disappointed - there were six of them (lizards that is!).
I started off by using the 100-400 lens which means I have to be at least 1.6 metres away from the subject before the camera will focus. But I managed a few shots. I really do have to learn about getting a better DOF (depth of field) as these were not good enough for me.
A while later I returned to the same spot and noticed that my fellow photographer was able to get very close to the lizards. I changed to my macro lens and risked hand-held pictures. It did mean getting down on the ground again - all these grass stains on clothing! but it's worth it.
Not far from the Lizard spot is the WWF hide. On the way there, I espied these beauties - I'm sure they're Marsh frogs (albeit they were silent). Marsh frogs are normally very evident at Barnes.
Further away around the other side of the reserve, the grass maintenance crew were demonstrating their competence at keeping the grass levels down
As the sun warmed up, a Speckled Wood was seen feeding
as was this! (A large white? ID help needed please.....)
As I came out of the Peacock Hide, I was greeted by a Great Crested Grebe fishing so, at the risk of appearing obsessive about these wonderful birds, I took few shots. I gather from a fellow birder/photographer that, just after I left the spot, the Grebe had a successful catch and my companion managed a few very good shot of the Grebe with a fish in its beak! Hey ho....
I was glad to be out again and I feel so much better to have felt the warmth of the sun on my back :D :D
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