Leighton Moss – Egrets and Waders

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I hadn’t visited Leighton Moss for many months and I was keen to visit again. Autumn had arrived and thankfully the very high temperatures of the Summer were a distant memory. It promised to be a lovely day as I arrived at the Eric Morecambe hide. There were plenty of birds on show especially the egrets and greenshanks.

It was greenshanks particularly that I had come to see and I knew that a number were at Leighton Moss. At this time of the year they are passing through on their way to sunnier climes. I think they are one of the most elegant of our waders and I was hoping for some nice images.

Egrets were there in good numbers also and with the little egrets was a splendid Great White Egret. In one of the images below you will see how much bigger the great white is compared to it’s smaller cousin. It was a lovely sunny morning and was perfect for photography. Later on as high tide was due in Morecambe Bay an influx of redshanks arrived and gave more excellent opportunities for the camera. Hope you enjoy my better images from the session, and on my next visit to Leighton Moss I hope to capture the bearded tits which are visiting the grit trays and are one of the special birds of Leighton Moss.

Thanks for looking in and enjoy what looks like a nice sunny day tomorrow.


 

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Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats - natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment - as you do!!I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain.I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!

Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats - natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment - as you do!!I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain.I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!

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