No, not the birds and the bees, the birds and the berries. Stop being naughty. For the last almost three months I haven’t been able to fully use my camera due to my heart surgery. Almost all the pictures I’ve taken were with the phone, except for the ones of the roses, but for that used the lighter ‘normal’ zoom. As I was limited in the weight I was allowed to lift I was unable to use my big (and unfortunately rather heavy) telephoto zoom lens. Only recently I’ve been allowed to start lifting more and on the 3rd Christmas Day (i.e. the 27th of December, the bank holiday in lieu of Christmas Day falling on Sunday) I decided to give the big lens a first go. I had spotted a number of birds going into a tree with red berries to feed. Not being used to lifting the heavy lens any more I wasn’t particularly successful, these three pictures I thought just about presentable:
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I only lasted for about 10 minutes, then I really started to notice the weight of the heavy lens. Still a long way to go until that part of my body will have fully recovered, but I’m happy that I at least had a start now and have something to build on.
Went to Wokefield Common today, tried to get a picture of a Broad-bodied Chaser but wasn’t successful as they were constantly on the move and too fast. So instead I took a few pictures of what I believe to be Common Darters.
For some reason the birds, butterflies and dragonflies weren’t very cooperative today, so I didn’t get any good pictures. The only nice pictures I managed to take were of a rabbit standing on its hind legs watching the human with the big camera:
A few pictures of some young water birds today, ducklings and goslings to be precise. The ducklings are from two broods busily feeding below and in (yes, in) Aldermaston Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The goslings I spotted on the River Kennet between Aldermaston Wharf and Aldermaston Village.
As I was running late this afternoon I only went for a local walk with my camera. However, I was lucky: While taking pictures of a Coot with its young I happened to spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a nearby tree. I soon realised that it was at its nest and that there were two of them. The next hour I spent hiding in some bushes, watching and taking pictures of the pair of woodpeckers coming and going. Here is a selection of my favourites: