Well, it’s been almost three years since I last made an addition to this blog. I’m sorry for the interruption but the good news is that I’m back!
Six months ago, I took early retirement from work. A new plastic knee was installed but the dream of a bionic future didn’t happen. I admit that I have found my retirement a rather unsettling experience. I guess I need to strive to be more focussed.
I’ve tidied my house, well some of it. One day, I even hope to get around to putting some of my many photographs on the wall. I bought a small reed car and I finally got around to getting my 500 mm Nikon lens serviced after nine years of sterling service.
One other chore, that was high on my ‘to-do’ list, I finally completed a few days ago. I finished cataloguing over forty-thousand photographs taken at Tophill Low in Adobe Lightroom. That’s great! I can now search for a photograph of a bird or a mammal in just a few seconds.
I guess that at least some of you enjoy statistics, so here’s a few examples:
I currently have 5,106 photographs of kingfishers; 5,331 photographs of foxes; and 4,243 photographs of grey herons—all taken over the last nine years at Tophill Low. Of course, everyone agrees that quantity is no guarantee of quality!
Wildlife photographs that can provide a narrative give me the most satisfaction. Sometime such photographs can be achieved within one frame but more commonly a sequence of several images is needed to tell the whole story.
I photographed these Little egrets and a Grey heron the other day at the reserve. An egret arrived early in the morning and somewhat unusually, perched in a willow tree by the edge of the lake. After some time, a heron arrived and landed directly below the egret.
The heron seemed irritated by the presence of the egret and stared up at the other bird for some minutes before launching into a leaping display of wing-flapping and acrobatics. The egret remained unmoved by this display. Next, the heron grabbed a branch of the tree on which the egret was perched and began tugging violently in order to displace the egret.
Fortunately, the cavalry soon arrived in the form of three other egrets. The heron soon lost interest and flew-off.
Sometimes, carefully observing and photographing animal and bird behaviour can make the most interesting pictures.