Durham, Weardale, Teesdale and Cumbria

Posted on 17 April 2017, 09:17

Dunno why it is, but whenever my photographic partner-in-crime Mark and I head off for the day, we invariably head north.

And we frequently come back disappointed.

So today I punted the idea of a trip south – to Edmundbyers/Blanchland/Derwent reservoir initially – on the basis that it would put a lot of varied habitat at our disposal; and because (I hoped) we could avoid the circus that invariably results at our usual Northumberland venues once Easter arrives.

Mark then suggested that – as we would be in the area – we might have a look in to Pow Hill Country Park because – y’know – Red squirrels.

This proved to be a good call:


Red squirrel


Red squirrel


Red squirrel


Red squirrel

But within a few minutes of us being there, the weather closed in, and the recurring theme for the rest of the day was no light.

And rain.

And even snow.

But we were on a roll, so we went on a successful Red grouse hunt which took us down to Stanhope, across to Langdon Beck, and even into Cumbria for a while:


Red grouse


Red grouse


Red grouse


Red grouse


Red grouse


Red grouse

I was even lucky enough to get the lens on this Black grouse:


Black grouse

And it was nice to get a Snipe, too – not a great picture (flat light, heavy crop), but a first for me:


Snipe

At one point in the journey, Mark casually happened to mention that he’d like a picture of a Golden plover. Not a mile down the road, we found this fella and his lady friend:


Golden plover. This needed a lot of work in PP, but I’m happy with it – my first breeding plumage GP.

There were loads of Little Brown Jobs (“LBJs” in birder-speak) in the Gorse, and while I only got onto this Dunnock, I’m happy enough – I like Dunnocks:


Dunnock (4000 ISO just to get 1/640)


Dunnock

Exif is in all the images, but Executive Summary, all were taken with the 7D Mk II, 100-400mm Mk II and Sigma 1.4x.



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