So Sunday morning I set off fairly early with the intention of photographing Curlew and Lapwing up on the fields and meadows above Digley Reservoir. I've made photographs of these birds here last year and have been waiting for them to arrive this summer from wherever they go in the winter. Although it was quite nice when I set off the low cloud on the top of the Pennines made it quite foggy where I was heading. I had arranged to pop into Mosley to drop off my daughters phone charger which she had left at our house so I carried on along the A635, dropped off the charger and then came back. Luckily the cloud had lifted enough for me to stop and seek out the birds.
I parked in a little lay by near an old lane (Magdalen Road) where I have seen Curlew and Lapwing before. I could hear the birds I was searching for and also the grouse who live here all year around. My first sighting was of a couple of grouse sat on the wall and I managed to get this first image before they flew off.
One of the Lapwing landed in the field behind me so I set off towards it to see if I could get a better shot of it. It was too far off and I could tell that if I headed towards it then it would just fly off. I turned around and there behind me was this little Wheatear sat on the wall. I took quite a few shots of it before it left but I liked this one the most because there is just a hint of catchlight in its eye. (click to get a bigger picture). From the colouring of this bird it is either a female or a juvenile, the male is more of a grey/blue colour.
When it flew off it went to join up with another three of its friends. I followed it and managed to get these next two shots. Essentially they are the same shot but on the first one the male bird at the back is in focus and on the second the female at the front is in focus. I think it might be possible to merge these in Photoshop to get them both in focus in one image but then there would still have a blurred bit in the middle.
As I headed back towards the road this little Meadow Pipit stood on the wall posing for its photo taking. I have a few pictures of these little precocious birds over the last year or so. One of them with Evey the dog about a foot away from it and another with the bird stood on top of a post with a beak full of insects. I had only identified them as little brown birds before but this time I think I have an accurate id.
So there we are, a couple of hours sat in a field trying to get pictures of birds then home for breakfast. Not a bad life really. Could I have got some better shots with a £7000 lens? Yes probably. Would I still be married? Possibly not, who knows.