Saturday, 27 January 2018

From Riverbank to Wetlands

After yesterday's wander along the River Stour at Blandford and the resulting two hour game of hide and seek with an Otter it was time to move on. The wetlands of Weymouth were calling and the RSPB sites at Radipole and Lodmoor did not disappoint, even though the Sun did not break clear of dark looming clouds until the end of the day. It is difficult taking photos when the light is not right, it is as disappointing as it is frustrating and the results always make you wonder just how good you would be if conditions were better.
All of a sudden, and after I had more or less decided to call it a day, the clouds cleared bathing all of the birds in beautiful golden light. The water was still, the birds were a keeping their distance but they were just about close enough and I had time to click away. Along with flocks of Lapwing and Black Headed Gulls were Shovellers, Teal, Mallards Ruff and a few very photogenic Snipe.

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