Stonechats! Part Deux

Posted on 5 June 2010, 18:12

With special guest star Reed Bunting!

Following my last trip to Cresswell – when the Stonechats were very obliging but the weather was a bit of a disappointment – I had a hankering for another look when the Sun was out and so, with the forecast looking good today, I set myself some targets: Stonechats again (obviously!), Tree sparrows, Meadow pipits and Reed buntings.

Being a sunny weekend there were a lot more folk about than on my last visit, and so I didn’t even bother with the beach – there’d be no hope of any waders – and instead decided to stick to the dunes until I reached Cresswell pond, at which time I’d wander across and see if I could catch a Tree spuggie or two.

The Stonechats weren’t nearly as precocious as on my last visit, and I really had to work for my pictures: I needed to use some fieldcraft tricks in order to get within reasonable striking distance, but as a result of a bit of hard work and some light, I ended up with some nice images, including what I consider to be my favourite Stonechat image – I’m really pleased with this first one:


Stonechat


Stonechat


Stonechat


Stonechat


Stonechat

The Tree sparrows didn’t work out – plenty at the site, but they weren’t playing – but I did find myself in the company of a lovely little Reed bunting for a while. Obviously busy looking after the bairns, she allowed me to hunker down in a little hollow near to an old barbed wire fence that she routinely landed on en route to the nest, and I was able to get some cracking images without causing her any stress.

Again, the first one is now one of my all-time favourite Reed bunting pictures:


Reed bunting


Reed bunting


Reed bunting


Reed bunting

From start to finish I was only shooting for about three hours – a short day by normal standards – but I knew I had some nice images to show for my quick trip, and was keen to get them home!

With these pictures I can honestly say that I’m now a Lightroom 3 convert (no pun intended) – the image quality it’s capable of providing from 7D files has got me hooked.



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