A Better Weekend

24th July 2011
I couldn't get out and about on Saturday again hence the shots of insects in the garden in the Latest Photos Gallery. There was some reasonable light in the garden so I decided to go out and see if there was anything worth photographing. The first thing I spotted was the Holly Blue Butterfly that was floating around the Elaeangus. Unfortunately the shrub was in shadow and it wasn't easy to get a clear shot but I just about managed it. I was particularly pleased with some of the other shots of insects, reasonable backgrounds, clear, sharp and in focus, excellent stuff.

Sunday
brought another lovely day and we could get out, the idea was just to go for a drive but I generally take the camera and lens with me wherever we go. With no particular place in mind we ended up in the Trough of Bowland, somewhere we haven't been for at least twelve months. It can be good for breeding waders but it is getting a bit late now and most of them have returned back to the coast. Anyhow we did spot a Curlew on a wall however it was a fair distance away but I did manage a decent photo before it disappeared.

The next bird to appear was a Little Owl, I had seen one before in the same area and this one could only have been 50ft away from the previous sighting. It was very close probably around 20ft away but behind a wire mesh fence. To make a decent photograph there has been some judicious use of Photoshop and I am pleased with my efforts.

The next bird that came into sight was two Kestrels that appeared to be displaying. We watched them for about 20mins but they never came close enough for a decent shot, although I did have a go.

I was hoping to see some chats and pipits but none were apparent, which was a bit disappointing. However seeing the Little Owl and the Kestrels made my day so well worth the trip. What a great day!
cheers Andy

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