Another year, another sunny bank holiday weekend Sunday, another visit to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. Of course I took a lot of pictures, some of which I’m going to share over a few posts. To start here’s a Kestrel I managed to capture on picture while it was hunting (I think it managed to catch something, unfortunately I didn’t get that part on picture):
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More to come of other birds (and may be the area) over the coming days (or may be weeks).
I think this will be the last set from my visit to Titchfield Haven back in August. We had disagreeing Cormorants, Little Egrets, Kingfishers and Black Tailed Godwits, now we’re kind of returning to the first birds. I found a few acceptable pictures of a Cormorant with its catch. Not the greatest shots as they were against the late afternoon sun and I had to process them quite a bit, but I thought they were still worth sharing:
A few seconds later the fish was gone, swallowed in one. As usual click on the pictures for the larger versions.
Finally get around posting another set from my visit to Titchfield Haven over a month ago. So far we had Cormorants, Little Egrets and Kingfishers. Today another wader, the Black-Tailed Godwit. There were quite a few at the reserve, these were feeding quite close to the hide:
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From the aggressive Cormorants and the Little Egrets on to the third set of pictures from my visit to Titchfield Haven and a much smaller bird, the Kingfisher. While I’ve seen Kingfishers a number of times at the Kennet and Avon Canal near where I live, it was always during my morning runs/walks, so I never had a good enough camera with me. This time I obviously had my camera with the big telephoto lens. Unfortunately the Kingfishers I saw were fairly far away, making it difficult even with the big lens. Still, at least I managed to get something. The first two are from the Pumfrett Hide, where a Kingfisher sat on a pole before flying off to go fishing. The last three are from the Suffern Hide, where a Kingfisher first sat in the reeds before moving over to a dead tree overhanging the water.
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