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:
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 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:
I was even lucky enough to get the lens on this Black grouse:
And it was nice to get a Snipe, too – not a great picture (flat light, heavy crop), but a first for me:
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)
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.