Thursday, 30 August 2012

Leighton Raptors

I hadn't visited Leighton Moss for some time so a good forecast tempted me there this week.There had been consistent reports of a hobby at the reserve and marsh harriers were still around. Also visiting the reserve on most days were ospreys. I began my day at Lillian's Hide where a marsh harrier gave some nice opportunities for the camera as it floated along above the reed beds. Also present here was a little egret which came in close as it landed on a small island in front of the hide. This bird gave me my best shots of the day.Egrets are often distant and it can sometimes be tricky to get the exposure right on these elegant birds.On arrival at the Public Hide there was much excitement amongst the assembled photographers and watchers as an osprey had been sighted and it was heading our way.Unfortunately it flew high overhead and then caught a fish from the Island Mere area before departing away to the North.There was much activity from the photographers but the osprey was too distant for decent images.I finished my day at the Griezdale Hide where one red deer eventually showed and a grey heron flew in. Otherwise it was very quiet so myself and the friends I had spent the afternoon with decided to head for home.A very pleasant time with excellent weather and good company. Shown below are my efforts from the day with the Little Egret,Marsh Harrier and record shots of the osprey.Also a shot of the grey heron and the red deer hind taken from the Griezdale Hide. The hobby never showed, maybe next time. Many thanks for looking in.


  1. ..."excellent weather and good company"!
    Isn't it a must?!!
    Enjoying oneself is as important as taking the pictures!
    The egret and the deer are stunning images, and I know the feeling of being just a little too far for the most interesting subjects!
    Not to worry, your pics are still beautiful and very lively, and next time you will catch THE photograph!! ;-)
    Kind regards!

  2. Hi Brian

    Wow! An Osprey at Leighton Moss! Brilliant indeed. Brian, I really like the beautifully backlit Marsh Harrier. Superb image.

  3. Shame the hobby never showed,though seeing the osprey must have brightened up your day Brian!