During the week I have been endeavouring to obtain a photo of a Green Woodpecker visiting a garden birdbath and this morning at 5.30 a.m., as I was setting up the camera behind an open window the woodpecker suddenly appeared in the viewfinder before I was even ready or expecting it. It stayed drinking for about 30 seconds and I simply pressed the shutter release and hey presto a result. I have recently experimented with using an auto ISO facility and although not keen about adopting this method I was surprised to note the photos were either using ISO6400 or ISO3200. I was pleasantly surprised!
I then decided to try for the juvenile Swallows near the horse paddock at the North Wall but there were no birds at all. I stopped at the Salthouse and managed a few distant photos of a fishing Little Egret ...attracted mainly by the reflection.
Big splash but I didn't see a catch.
Two Spotted Redshanks made off from the Breech Pool leaving a lone Greenshank by the far bank...with low water levels I am hoping a few more waders will arrive soon.
(Ian had driven over especially to photograph the Swallows but with the same result!)
I was however alerted to the fact that a Barn Owl was showing at about 8.45p.m. on a regular basis so a return was a 'must'.
There were many Sand Martins circling the reed bed preparing to roost....
..and then the Barn Owl but alas, very distant!
Good night....tomorrow is another day.