After a few early visits to the Wetlands, caused by having to drop my wife off at work at 7:15 a.m. and generally finding more birds around at that time than later, I had a hunch that if I went even earlier I might see more. I got up just as dawn was breaking and got down there.
There were more Cormorants on the pylon than ever!
The only problem was that light levels were so low because of a large cloud that I had to use a really high ISO, which has resulted in some soft images but hey, it's better to have a soft image of an interesting subject than none at all!
The shot I'm most pleased with is this male Beardie - I know it's not brilliantly focused and definitely on the soft side but it's the one that I was particularly hoping for.
I have so many images from this morning that I don't want to over-do it so i'll just post a couple more.
As you can see from this next shot it was raining a little but it didn't last.
I think this is a Caddisfly but don't know for certain.
All in all well worth the early start. It's very much a case of 'you've got to get up early in the morning to catch me!'
The two juv beardied in the fence are sweet
First Class John
Wonderful photos John, pleasure to see.
Thank you very much Al and Birdie! Glad you liked them. Makes it all the more rewarding to know they're appreciated!
Me and Dawn (ironic name really) went down there at daybreak last year, and you are right, completely changes the place doesn't. Although sunset may not be quite so rewarding the scenery can we astounding if the light is right.
You've inspired me to get my bum out of bed and get down there early now! ;o)
Stonking pics all round ... and yes it is a Caddisfly.
Thanks Ant - I went down this morning but I've got to admit I only saw Sedge and Reed Warblers in the usual spot - Beardies really don't like the wind!