Heron, Grebe, and an unusual shot of a pheasant

A slightly better day today in terms of the weather, but the ground everywhere is sodden and the little sun there was came at the wrong time of day for me. Still, I did get some decent shots of a few feathery friends at Seven Sisters Country Park.

The early morning shots were of a pair of herons that came flying across the valley.

Quite at the opposite end of the scale size-wise is the little grebe. They spend much of the time beneath the surface and have a tendency to pop up in quite unexpected parts of the water. This one paused on the surface just long enough for a couple of frames.

The final two shots are of a pheasant, taken at the end of the day, in fairly poor light and at a horrible distance. these are big crops. I've included them becuase of the movement/pose. It's rare to see a pheasant in almost vertical flight like this. It had just flown across the water and was banking upward to land on the field.


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

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4 Comments

  1. derWandersmann March 20, 2013 at 2:03 am #

    Good ones, Words … herons look so impressive in flight.
    Pheasants can look like that when they're flushed out of cover, though they're much more likely to run (you should hear the hunters swearing when they won't get up and fly!).

  2. Words March 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    dW, the first heron was an exceptional specimen, looking really sleek and strong. I'd not seen a pheasant in quite that pose before. Once he got his feet on dry land he did indeed run, not fly.

  3. SittingFox March 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Always nice to see a dabchick :up:

  4. Words March 26, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Adele, pretty little things aren't they. I hope to be back there early in the morning.