Does anyone else do this?

Posted on 6 November 2011, 18:39

A few Sundays ago – 15 October – I spent a few pleasant hours at a local park, Marden Quarry at Whitley Bay. As it happens there was a Lesser scaup there. Not being a twitching sort of bird photographer I wasn’t chasing it, but I admit that it provided the motivation to wander along.

No pictures of the Scaup, but that’s not the point of this post.

The point is this: I did in any event, get what I think are some pretty nice “Usual Suspect” images – Tufties, Black headed gulls, Coots, Canada geese – and yet, as I find myself doing rather a lot, once I’d downloaded converted and processed ‘em, I kinda lost interest in ‘em…

This is hard to square, because I’m not a twitcher, and a bird image doesn’t have to be of a rarity before I can enjoy it. I get great pleasure from other people’s well presented images of “ordinary” birds, so I just can’t reconcile my lack of enthusiasm for my own. I think they’re reasonably appealing, decently executed pictures, but I’ve got thousands which have never seen the light of day, for no good reason that I can think of!

Now in a sense it doesn’t exactly matter – this is just fun for me, not a living – but when I started posting these reports I promised myself that I’d do so regularly, and I’ve made a liar of myself there!

So, in a belated (and doubtless shortlived!) effort to get back on track, some of the pictures I took on that trip to Marden Quarry…


Canada Goose, Marden Quarry


Canada Goose, Marden Quarry


Canada Goose, Marden Quarry


Coot, Marden Quarry


Black headed gull, Marden Quarry. The “vignetting” here is real, not added in post-processing.


Black headed gull, Marden Quarry


Tufted duck, Marden Quarry


Tufted duck, Marden Quarry


Tufted duck, Marden Quarry

The one surprise of the day was the appearance of a Speckled teal – a South American/Falkland Isles resident, so this one is most likely escaped from a collection – but it’s a bonny little thing, so it’s in too!


Speckled teal, Marden Quarry


Speckled teal, Marden Quarry



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