Collared Doves Bathing

These shots were a struggle. The collared doves were paddling at the edge of the pond under overhanging trees, and my line to them was obscured by numerous branches. It forced me low (which is good), and with patience I managed about three usable photos in which the birds weren’t hiding behind some or other bit of vegetation.

Collared dove

Collared doves bathing in Falmer Pond

Collared dove

Collared dove

The heron is becoming semi-resident. There first thing this morning, and again (or still) at lunchtime.

Grey Heron

Grey heron at Falmer Pond, East Sussex

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko June 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    They were bathing but keeping an eye on you as well 😀

    • Words July 2, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      Darko, they are really quite shy and startle easily!

  2. Andy June 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    At least you did not fall in the water!

    • Words July 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Andy, I do my best. Hasn’t happened yet, but never say ‘never’!