What a HORRIBLE Day, Why Didn't I Simply Stay in Bed?

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What a HORRIBLE Day, Why Didn't I Simply Stay in Bed?

  • It was a grotty day yesterday.  Grey, cloudy, raining, miserable.  What on earth's the point of going to Minsmere on such a drab day?  Even moreso, what's the point of lugging round the camera?  A complete waste of time.  Even the name - Photography - tells you it's pointless.  It means "painting with light", so clearly a bit of sunshine's needed.  Dull, dull, dull.

    Even the Cormorants were fed up.

    That one on the left was optimistic I suppose - no chance of drying on a day like today.  It's a colour picture, but could just as easily be in monochrome.

    Dull, dull, dull.

    There were quite a few Swans hanging around I suppose and they at least add some brightness to the view

    Though the Konik's didn't look overly impressed

    The ducks famously don't mind the rain of course

    But here I am resorting to taking pics of Mallard & Mutes.  Sigh.  Dull, dull, dull.  Oh great, here's another flippin' swan

    No, hang on, that's no swan, that's a GREAT WHITE EGRET!!!!  Noooo, don't leave!!

    Wow!  I haven't seen one of those for AGES!! - where on earth did it pop out from hiding?

    Here's something else that must have been hiding - these guys always brighten the day up.

    But if you REALLY want to get a photographer happy in the rain, you just have to find this little chap

    Poor little thing, he's absolutely soaked

    But even so, what a fabulous little bird, guaranteed to cheer up anybody!

    What a wonderful day in glorious weather :-)  THAT'S why you always go out and always take the camera :-)

  • lol WJ,  There's the proof....... never leave your camera behind !

    What fabulous shots considering the dreadful weather and what a bonus to see the Great Egret, Kingfisher and the Beardie plus all the other species - who would have thought a rainy day would turn out so well :)    

  • I'm so sorry you had a bad day WJ, shame the Great White, Kingfisher and Bearded Tit showed up they must have been rubbing it in a little :) but then again Wow, the day did end well for you.

    Jim

  • I enlarged those photos three times - and still they are in focus.   Don't know how you do it but bad day you certainly never have WJ.

  • Wow! Great Photo Mr WJ. It was good to meet you for the first time on Saturday. :)

  • WJ, I'd love to have a bad day exactly like yours!  Great pics--thanks!

  • Yet another beautiful and amusing thread WJ, can't have been that bad to get such clear & sharpe pictures...The beardies are such stunning birds and have not had any real good views of them this year, just specs in the distance. Last GE I saw was Lakenheath last year. You'r a braver man than me though, if I opened the curtains to see grey, dull rain I would go back to bed.

    Do you give personal tours round Minsmere? You always seem to get the views & pics, the man to follow looks like!

  • tony
    Do you give personal tours round Minsmere? You always seem to get the views & pics, the man to follow looks like!

    Lol!  It can be arranged, though I have to be honest and admit that I don't always get such enjoyable sightings on a murky day :-)  Even after several years of wildlife photography, I still think luck plays a big part.  Sure, you can increase your luck by learning about the habits and behaviours of the bird/animal, by getting out there on a regular basis, but ultimately, if they're feeling anti-social, you're in for a long wait :-)  Mind you, even on a soggy day, I'd rather be sat in a hide than sat at home.  There's always the chance a soggy Beardie will turn up and until they do, there's invariably some other mad soul in there to chat to.

    nickbarn

    Wow! Great Photo Mr WJ. It was good to meet you for the first time on Saturday. :)

    Likewise Mr B, it's always nice to finally meet people you only know through here :-)

    gaynorsl

    I enlarged those photos three times - and still they are in focus. 

    To be fair, the keeper rate on the Beardie wasn't great - I had to drop the shutter speed quite a bit or suffer really high ISO.  That's easy with the likes of a Bittern - they stand still - but Beardies are hopping around all the while.  It's bad enough keeping them in frame half the time, let alone in focus!

  • Well done WJ, you had a miserable, wet, horrid day but all changed for you. Lovely captures, the Kingie and Beardie were the icing on the cake!

  • How funny, great post and I love the soggy bearded tit.  Many thanks

    Jill

  • Great shots. I agree, some lovely photos can be taken in the poorest of conditions.

  • That's the sort of bad day I would like. Just shows that an unpromising start can only get better and better.

    Great narrative and cracking photos. The soggy looking Beardies were a fitting finale