Last weekend I went to Hartsholme with my good friend Richard. He’s really getting interested in Wildlife Photography and like all skills in needs lots of practice which is the main reson I visit so regularly (as well as just enjoying the wildlife that surrounds me).
I arrived a few minutes before Richard, as I entered the park I noticed some robins around but they were too quick for me to get any decent blur-free shots. I also noticed that there were some rabbits around too. I have yet to get a really good shot of them, I did notice this young one a good distance from me. When I took the shot I wasn’t 100% sure it was a rabbit, this shot is heavily cropped:
I was surprised to see lots of Heron’s too, all of the nests are now abandoned but they were very active. I got lots of good shots but at 300mm they need quite a bit of cropping, there is no substitute for a good 500 or 600mm lens:
I was very popular with the animals on the day, I had dragonfly land on me, a number of mallard ducks come up to me and a squirrel at my feet. Richard took a few shots and as it scampered up the tree it almost posed for me, I got quite a nice shot:
Baby Coot Update
We saw the 2 coots looking after their nest last week, so I was wondering of there were any eggs laid. From one end of the lake, we saw that both Coots had left the nest. Richard and I hurried around and just before we got to the nest, we saw a couple of heads pop up. There be baby coots in that nest. Naturally, Richard and I fired away to get some shots.
I also took a shot video of the baby Coots being fed by their parents: