First outing of 2014!

I would never have gone to Marston in those conditions – driving rain and very strong winds, but the Dear Lady was taking two of the Grand Children to a swimming session at the Olde Barn so I was needed as chauffeur. No point in driving home in between or just sitting in the car so I made an effort to struggle against the elements to the hide. Surprisingly the scrape had more wildfowl on it than I’ve seen for a long time with several large rafts of Teal totalling c130 that were feeding avidly in shallow water. The feeders were inundated with small birds as well and there were even five hen pheasants below them that were resistant to my presence.

A few that were photographed in the appallingly dull conditions, click on the images for full size:

Chaffinch (m)
Chaffinch (m)
Chaffinch (f)
Chaffinch (f)
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker (m)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (m)
Shoveler
Shoveler
Little Grebe
Little Grebe
One of many rafts of feeding Teal
One of many rafts of feeding Teal
Wigeon (m)
Wigeon (m)

All with Olympus E-M1 and 75-300mm or Canon 400mm plus 1.4x converter.

David

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