Thursday, 4 November 2010

No Commons Just Mega'

Two Mega' in one day, as I have been out of the loop of late today was special. My First Port of call was, The Lost Garden of Heligan and hoping to photograph the long staying Mega find, the American Green Heron. With a little help from local birder Bob Mitchell we located it in what is known as, the Jungle top pond, a dark and gloomy area. This is where the Nikon excels, I set the ISO at 1000 and High ISO noise reduction to high and the results speak for themselves, even at these settings I was lucky to get a shutter speed of 1/400 of a second. Thankfully the statue like pose of the Heron helped matters significantly.
The Green Heron filled the morning then it was onto Wadebridge, the walmsley sanctuary for the American Bittern, Mega number two. Actually I went to Wadebridge reluctantly as I expected it to be rammed with visiting birders. On my arrival there seem to be a mass exodus from the main hide as the Bittern had flown and this was to my advantage, as I was able to jump in a key seat, then low and behold the Bittern flew back into the sanctuary, I had reasonable views but no worthy photographs, however a tick, so two Mega' in one day, can't be bad. Along with them I had two Firecrests ( at Heligan), one Whooper, and one Spoonbill at Walmsley along with all the regular species.


  1. Well done Sam. You sure had the luck at Walmsley.
    Lovely shots of the Bittern.

  2. Well done Sam,two out of two.
    Brilliant results.

  3. Great serie, the low point of vue makes those image special ;)

  4. You certainly got some terrific photos! I'm always amazed.

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