Sunday, 2 June 2013

Bretton Lakes

Since the 'restoration' work at Bretton Lakes nature reserve I've become a very infrequent visitor. However, I spent a couple or hours down there last night after the day visitors had left and I didn't come across a single human being - a bit like the good old days!

There wasn't too much going on at the front of the hide - a solitary Cormorant, a few Mallards, Grey Heron and Canada Geese. It was nice hear the chattering of a Grey Heron chick from the nests above the island. I thought the Heronry had gone for good but it seems that there is at least one live nest there.

The Great Crested Grebes are nesting at the side of the island and the resident pair of Mute Swans are still there but this year have only managed to raise a single Cygnet.

When I turned around and looked outside of the back of the hide that I noticed there was a pair of Treecreepers taking it in turns to land on a narrow tree and presumably feed some recently fledged chicks. I say presumably because I didn't see the young ones but the adults always had a beak full of insects so I assume that is what they were doing.

These shots were taken with my new Canon 5d mk III at ISO 2500. This is a setting I wouldn't have even bothered using with my 1d IIn but after a bit of NR in Lightroom I'm more than satisfied with the results.

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