Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Boxing Day walk

Just a quick stroll before lunch, but enough time to try out my new camera - a Nikon Coolpix P510 with a fabulous 42X zoom lens!
Water levels have risen once again, with Middle Fen totally flooded once more.

Flooding in Middle Fen
The usual suspects, mute swans, mallards & wigeons, were feeding in the floodwaters, whilst several cormorants and a grey heron flew along the river.
Ouse Fen was relatively quiet, but there were good numbers of shovelers on Cell 2 and a grey heron flushed a couple of snipe from Cell 1. As we approached the livestock corral, a nice male stonechat perched obligingly on some thin branches.

Male Stonechat
This was the best picture that I managed, & has been cropped a little, but given the bird was over 20 metres away, it's not bad!
Heading back through the village, I decided to try a couple of closer subjects; a pair of blackbirds along the alleyway behind the house.

Male Blackbird
Female Blackbird
The camera shows promise, so hopefully I'll be able to take plenty of photos in the New Year (particularly as I've also got a 32GB memory card for it!).

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