Where's Wally?

This is, of course, Walter Rail. Not the Walter Rail, I hasten to say, just a Walter Rail. Hopefully, you won't have too much trouble spotting him or my photography skills have failed.

This is the first of the season for me as I only tend to see them well enough to photograph in late Autumn and Winter.

It fancied the grass on the other side (of the channel) for some reason but the colourful reflections gave a nice autumnal backdrop

One of the few benefits of having so much rain recently as it normally wouldn't have to swim this

Doing a Heron impression

Yes, it decided the grass wasn't greener and came back again!

I seem to have put my knees on backwards this morning

Nope, the grass was greener, so I'm off over there again

A few other random shots - I didn't have time to take the converter off for this Greenfinch

A shiny Teal 

A female Mallard in the reflection of a reedbed a few minutes before sunset

The same sunset

The usual Cormorant roost has been under water for a month so they are taking advantage of whatever they can find


Nige   Flickr

  • What a lovely set Nige :o) You can almost see the finch thinking "is that a converter on there?"!!
  • Super set of photos and commentary Nige and it appears these Rails keep breaking the rules laid down in the birding books. Colours, plumage, detail are gorgeous in the autumnal light. Greenie must have thought the Paparazzi had turned up with that long lens/converter lol The silver light on the Cormorant really shows this birds wingspan in all its beauty.


    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • What a fabulous set of photos Nige, and a good selection on Wally 


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  • Thanks all
    Greenie's are harsh photo critics and there's very little pleasing them, which is why they often look so angry. Apparently they're still waiting for a proper photographer to turn up ... preferably someone with a Mamiya or Hassleblad!


    Nige   Flickr

  • Nice to see Wally swimming instead of skulking Nigel, and well captured with the "backward legs". The glossy cormorant is very artistic, good viewing all of them.

    Lot to learn

  • Brilliant photos Nigel especially "Wally" a bird I very rarely see! How does he twist that far round?

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • Thanks
    I normally think Rails look as if they have false beaks, but in that photo, those legs are such a strange angle, it does look like they have been badly photoshopped on!


    Nige   Flickr

  • A cracking set Nigel especially the Rail ones.
    I hear them every morning on my patch yet never see them.

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  • Beautiful shots, Nigel. I always think that Water Rails look seriously determined, regardless of what they’re doing.!!

    My bird photos HERE

  • Thanks
    Oddly, I rarely hear them at Pennington, but there is just one area where they show regularly during winter.
    I think 'seriously determined' is a good description of them, not just the stare but the way they stalk (or paddle) about.


    Nige   Flickr