Thursday, February 2, 2012

Martin Mere

Yesterday my friend and I spent the best part of a very cold day at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre in Lancashire. It's a fabulous place for getting close views of a variety of ducks, geese and swans. The tricky part from a photographer's point of view is isolating birds amongst the melee outside the hides. I concentrated on close-ups and profiles of the beautiful Whooper Swans.
Other highlights of the day included at least 4 Marsh Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks, a very distant Barn Owl and fabulous but brief views of a Tawny Owl.

Drake Pintail photographed at Martin Mere last Winter
Whoopers in the snow last winter
Male Brambling from the Janet Kear hide last winter
 The Barn Owl we saw yesterday was about a kilometer away,
this was a much more obliging bird in Norfolk a few years ago.

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