Sunday promised to be a better weather day than we've had for too long, even though it was very windy, but relatively mild and dry, giving my an excuse to get out.
One of many heron's nesting
While at the Photography Show on Saturday 16th, I treated myself to a new lens, the Canon 24-105 USM MkII, for which this was the first photo taken with it.
Back to the big Sigma lens to snap a black headed gull, only for another to photobomb!
Female Tufted Duck
Male Tufted Duck
Male tufted duck diving....
Male tufted duck having a post dive scratch....
Coot having a bad hair day.... But not as spectacular as the grebe in the next pic
Great Crested Grebe having a bad hair day!
Great Crested Grebe
Black Headed Gull
Finally a Long Tailed Tit
There are some in my Middleton Lakes Album on Flickr, while a few more are yet to be uploaded.
Flickr Peak Rambler
My Flickr Photostream
In reply to TeeJay:
TeeJay said:Very nice set, Mike. The ducks are looking at their pristine best ready for the breeding season. I always find herons perched in trees slightly incongruous with their long spindly legs.
I tend to find herons quite majestic when they're up in the trees, but it could be a height thing....
I think the sun made everything just that bit more colourful, especially after the dull period we've been enduring.
In reply to Nigel O:
Nigel O said:Happy new lens - they are dangerous to the wallet, these shows! Excellent pictures but particularly like the wind-blown Grebe and final Reed Bunting
Very dangerous these shows, and we never learn....
I've been experimenting with the new lens a little more, and I have to say, it seems to perform far better than the standard 18-55 Canon lens.
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