Monday, 2 September 2013

Day on Portsmouth

Had a great day yesterday down in Portsmouth with Mum, after a trip around the shops at Gunwarf Quays we headed to the local nature reserve at Farlington Marshes, although more of an afternoon stroll then a photography outing we spotted a pair of Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) which was quite exciting as I hadn't got a photo of them before.

Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra

From there we spotted a flock of starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) all flying in formation over the marsh and normally surround them when they landed were small (10+) Goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) which even with my best attempted I was unable to photograph.

As we came to the end of our walk someone told us of an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) which had landed and was eating a fish in the marshes somewhere, he told us the generally direction and we kept our eyes at, at first I spotted a Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter nisus) flying above but soon after I noticed two other larger birds flying in the distance, with the help of over exposing the image to brighten the birds and using the x10 feature on my camera display we could see that there were the two ospreys sadly way way way to far to photograph but lovely to see.

Swollow - Hirundinidae

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