Saturday, 31 October 2009

Venus Pool - Going for Gold

After all my recent travels, a localish weekend was called for and having seen a sizeable (c300 strong) flock of Golden Plover flying around the Venus Pool area during midweek - I wondered if they would drop in??

My early start ended up at an 8.00 arrival and even from the car park it was clear something spectacular was going down - the original flock had now trebled (at least) in size (easily c1,000), together with a few 100 lapwing and it was quite a spectacle!

Trouble was the gloomy start coupled with being into the light, made photography pretty almost a non-starter but I tried to capture the atmosphere......

The Plover seemed to favour the right hand muddy island and once that was 'full' the rest stayed airborne with an 'all change' every now and then!

Take off and landing at a deliberately slow shutter speed for arts sake.....















A quick morning wash and preen.....








Eventually the sun threatened to shine, so I changed the angle of view to the new Memorial Hide.....








Finally, reflections in the early morning sun...








What's next?

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