Archive for December, 2010

Winter Geese - Pink-footed geese in the mist

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

There are some fields just outside Dumfries that are often favoured by our winter geese. I saw that a large flock of pink-footed geese were using them and decided to get down their early one morning and try for some shots of them flying in against the sunrise. With the cold weather and frosts there was the potential for some really exciting shots.

Of course the morning I chose turned out to be the one morning when we had thick mist and no sunrise. However the geese still flew in and as I sat snuggled in to the hedge, huddled up against the cold I did manage to get some pictures that I was pleased with.

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It was quite a magical experience hearing them coming in through the mist, finally appearing and dropping down in front of me.

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Although the views I got earlier in the week against the sunrise were stunning there was something ethereal about this morning’s viewing.

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The final two images show small groups of geese dropping down to join the main flock.

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Black-headed Gulls

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

I was out earlier on this month looking for otters on our local river, the River Nith. There have been a number of sightings but so far I have failed to see any. However I did come across a group of black-headed gulls feeding by a water treatment outflow and was very pleased with this image.

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