52/2012 Week 17

A group of Sandpipers in flight over water

This week wasn’t looking too good for me to get a photograph for this weeks challenge. The weather has been appalling with heavy rain and very grey skies. So this afternoon, with a break in the weather, I seized the opportunity  to visit the banks of the River Clywd which usually has a variety of feeding birds in the estuary and mud flats. Of course these birds never fly towards you it’s always away, so you have to be quick in getting the photograph.

Camera details for this image, Focal Length 500mm, ISO 400, Shutter Speed 1/1500 sec, F-Stop 6.7

13 thoughts on “52/2012 Week 17

  1. sunbright57 April 28, 2012 / 23:54

    No not a good week at all weather-wise for photography. But I bet the River Clwyd was nice all the same.


    • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 11:26

      Not really, started off sunny but got colder and duller as the day went on…at theend I had almost given up, too dark to use a long zoom lens


  2. mtlawleyshire April 29, 2012 / 05:05

    & I love it – & envy your heavy rain.


    • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 11:28

      They’re predicting a month of rain to fall today as heavy storms batter the south and right up here to Wales. I got the dogs out early, the wind is picking up now and it’s starting to rain. A day of doing some catch-up post editing of yesterdays shoot, methinks


      • mtlawleyshire April 29, 2012 / 11:36

        it’s annoying that cameras don’t appreciate rain 🙂


        • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 12:24

          Mines not to bad in rain. The Samsung GX-10 like the Pentax K10D is weather-proofed against rain. That’s not to say I would take it out in absolutely torrential rain but many of the photographs of the Air Show were taken when it was raining.


          • mtlawleyshire April 29, 2012 / 12:26

            one day, I say to myself….my little Canon Powershot has limitations that I long to overcome…


  3. Jude April 29, 2012 / 07:42

    Are they sandpipers? They’re beautiful.


    • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 11:29

      My resident bird expert, see below, reckons they are.


  4. stephenransome April 29, 2012 / 10:58

    Hi Mike. I am sure these are Common Sandpipers. (Actitis hypoleucos) They do the same for me, always going away. Bugga.!!!


    • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 14:10

      For some reason the reply by email isn’t working for WordPress posts as it’s just been bounced back to me…..here’s what I said earlier

      Thanks Steve, I knew you would know what they were. It’s the first time I’ve taken a walk along the estuary and was quite surprised at the numbers of feeding birds. Lots of gull, a whole colony of oyster catchers, quite a few turnstones, sandpipers, as you said and a lot of cormorants. There were other odd birds flying around, some geese which I haven’t identified yet and a buzzard. The problem though is the estuary is wide and and very muddy. That thick cloying stuff so I couldn’t get really close. In a lot of cases it was more like group shots than individual close-ups.


  5. Cardinal Guzman April 29, 2012 / 11:41

    I went to picture some birds this morning, but encountered the same problem: the birds flew off the second they felt that I got too close.


    • Mike Hardisty April 29, 2012 / 12:27

      Sometimes just settling down and getting low works, but not always. I’ve found that if they fly away from a source of food they will be tempted to come back but only if you start to blend in by sitting still. Problem is you have to wait some time for them to come back and I didn’t have that luxury yesterday


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