Today was a little luckier... glanced down towards the river and saw the Great Egret feeding in the meadow near the maples... grab camera... no shot through the kitchen window... field feeder in the way!
Went to front door and opened it very carefully... feeder trees still in way... crept out further and up it went... but I still managed to get these shots... the best yet!
|Just lifted off...|
|Such graceful wings... the yellow beak and all-black legs showing clearly here.|
|About to lift over our trees and come down... out of shot... on the other bank of the Aigronne!|
The equipment sheds below Grandmont are in the background.
I've also been trying a bit of freehand dodgyphotography through the big 'scope... I am improving... but very, very slowly.
|This is in the snow using my little Pentax compact camera.|
|And this one, showing the kink in the neck very clearly, is with my older Pentax... the istD. |
Light balance a bit off though... it was still set for snow!!
Stop press: Birdguides are reporting 25 sightings of Great Egrets this week for the UK...