07 March 15 Woolston Eyes

08th March 2015
I made a long overdue visit to Woolston Eyes on Saturday, the last time I visited was on the 1st November.
Its also the first time I’ve had the opportunity to use my new 7D Mk II camera with the 500mm Mk II lens and I also used the MkIII x2 extender.

My initial thoughts are that the camera performs much better than the its predecessor the 7D Mk 1 and probably as good as the 5D Mk III with the 500mm Mk I lens.

The autofocus of the 7D MkII also appeared to be much better than the 5D Mk III especially with the extender attached.

Obtaining good photographs of the birds on the water at Woolston is a challenge and with this combination of equipment I do feel better equipped to get a higher proportion of good quality photographs.

Saturday was quite pleasant and the light was good so that helped quite a bit.
I spent most of the time at the John Morgan hide and there was quite a bit of gull activity, mainly Black-headed gulls from the breeding colony.


Black-headed gull


Black-headed gull - squabbling as they do best!

Some young Lesser Black-backed gulls were also apparent.


Lesser Black-backed gull


Lesser Black-backed gull


Lesser Black-backed gull

There were also Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Shoveller, Great crested grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Canada goose, Greylag goose, and Mute Swan on the water.


Coot


Coot


Moorhen


Greylag Goose


Mute Swan


Shelduck


Shelduck


Great crested grebe


Great crested grebe


Tufted duck


Mallard

While I was looking around there was quite a lot of evidence that something is using the shelter of the hide to enjoy eating it's kill


The recent remains


The recent remains

Thanks for reading.

Andy

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