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Adagio
18th December 2009, 05:07 PM
Many thanks to PeterD for organizing the event.

It was good to meet up with other members of the group. Despite the cold the weather stayed fair, we got some sunshine and saw some wonderful birds. A pub with a wonderful view for some late lunch *chr

Whether I succeeded in capturing any decent images of them I am about to find out. I am sure that others with their monster lenses will have much to show.

Adagio
18th December 2009, 06:47 PM
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/862/farlington1.jpg

Some BIG lenses !

Ellie
18th December 2009, 06:48 PM
Absolutely, it was brilliant! Thanks Peter *chr

Thanks too to Jamie Marsh for taking us round, and pointing out various birds which we could look at through the digiscope, and the trainee too, although I'm embarrassed to say I can't remember his name.

Here's the group picture - of course I made sure everybody was staring straight into the sun. :rolleyes:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/656/PC183110b_resize.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/19861)

Left to right are PeterD, Adagio, Jamie Marsh (HWT Reserve Officer), Mrs Adagio, Sapper (minus credit card), HWT Trainee, MickL. (Please correct the names if they're wrong.)

I've uploaded it to the general "Member Meets" (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=656) folder, because I can't seem to make a new folder in there. Can anybody help out please?

sapper
18th December 2009, 07:29 PM
Thanks for putting this on so soon Ellie.
Thanks again to Peter D, great to meet some of the forum, pics to follow.
Re the credit card, my wife was shopping in Portsmouth as I was on this trip, she did get a cabbage for 50p! (all the way from Kent for a cabbage, whats that about?)

PeterD
20th December 2009, 11:05 AM
Hi all,

Sorry I have not posted anything since our meet but I am having all sorts of computer problems which is stopping me running my PC for more than 30-40 mins at a time. For some reason, my hard disc is continually getting smaller in capacity. Starts with 49Gb free and ends up with 0Bytes free:eek:. It's preventing me from saving anything and I cannot use system restore as all my restore points have been mysteriously deleted:eek:.

I still have a bit of time left before I have to re-cycle. Thanks to all of you who could attend. I really enjoyed meeting you all. The weather turned out to be kind to us and the Lapwing and Avocet were kind enough to put on a flying display as we arrived.

The weather across the country was bad which meant some of you could obviously not attend. I shall be putting on another visit in the new year. I am also going to look into hiring a boat (for the summer months!) to tour Langstone and Chichester Harbours. I shall let you know the hire costs, which obviously we shall have to share, and options to see how muchinterest there is.

I would also like to thank the HIWWT for their assistance in this visit.

When I get the chance I shall upload my images of the day.

Cheers for now and Best wishes to all for Xmas and the New Year*chr

theMusicMan
20th December 2009, 11:23 AM
Glad the meet went well, and I am sorry I couldn't make it. I am looking forward to seeing some of the shots from the session, especially the bird shots.

Adagio
21st December 2009, 10:24 AM
I have come to the conclusion that my 70-300 does not get me close enough :mad:

These are just recognisable as Avocets with a lone Lapwing amongst them.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/871/farlington2.jpg

These Brent Geese flew off just as I was getting within range :o

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/871/farlington3.jpg

So I thought I would try something that kept still

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/871/farlington4.jpg

Suggestions please as to the best way of convincing my wife that I really do need a Bigma *chr

ndl0071
21st December 2009, 11:12 AM
It looks like a good time was had by all, I'm looking forward to seeing more from the day.

*chr

sapper
28th December 2009, 09:46 PM
A few from the day.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/lapwing_1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20121)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/brent_goose_1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20119)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/egret_1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20120)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/avocet_1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20118)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/1_of_1_.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/20117)

PeterD
29th December 2009, 12:49 AM
Hi Dave,

Thanks for posting your images and I see that you got the Little Egret very well:). This you said was a great objective of yours.

I have had major problems with my computer for over a week which has prevented me coming on here. I have had a nasty virus attack which destroyed my 'System Restore' points, caused my hard disc to become full whenever I switched on (I think it was continually increasing the paging file size:eek:) and destroyed my on disc backup system preventing me from restoring the system files. Anti Virus and Trojan software failed to detect it and therefore I could not remove it:eek:. The solution was to buy another hard drive, install Windows 7 and I am still in the painful process of trying to recover my data including all my images. It's a painfully slow task as I cannot use software to make the transfer. So far it is looking good and I hope to be back fully on-line by the end of the week. Just what I wanted for a Xmas present:(.

I hope all of you had a good Xmas and wish you all the best for 2010. Maybe a replacement for the E3 will be announced soon;).

Adagio
29th December 2009, 10:32 AM
Dave

Specially like the Little Egret and ducks although I regret I still cannot remember what they are despite Jamie's tuition :(

Peter

Sorry to hear of your woes, what anti-malware were you using? Hope some images appear soon *chr

sapper
29th December 2009, 10:45 AM
Thanks Peter & David.
Hope you get your pc sorted Peter, it's a blessed nuisance to be without I reckon.
I will try to identify the little ducks from my book.
No1, Lapwing.
2, Brent geese.
3, Egret.
4, Avocet.
5, Duck!
No doubt someone will correct me :-)

PeterD
29th December 2009, 11:16 AM
Dave
All your IDs are spot on. The last is Wigeon-another migrant to Langstone Harbour for the winter.

Thanks both for your comments re my PC.:). Slowly but surely I am rebuilding it. I have to be very careful not to re-import the virus and also not to lose my images.

I have tried Malaware and a couple of others from the Internet. I have also used Microsofts solution to finding and killing virus' and Trojans. All with no success. For this reason I am taking the slow but sure approach to minimise risks. By the way, just love Windows 7.

I shall post a few images later today on this thread.

sapper
29th December 2009, 11:24 AM
Thanks Peter.
Trouble is that my book does not show widgeon with a yellow rump. I assume one is male & other is female?
Gotta say that I love my mac. I've not had a virus since I changed a couple of years ago. Lots of other trouble though, like not able to use Paint shop pro and some other progs.
Not much help to you I know:-)
Look forward to seeing some pics later.

PeterD
29th December 2009, 11:57 AM
Thanks Peter.
Trouble is that my book does not show widgeon with a yellow rump. I assume one is male & other is female?
Gotta say that I love my mac. I've not had a virus since I changed a couple of years ago. Lots of other trouble though, like not able to use Paint shop pro and some other progs.
Not much help to you I know:-)
Look forward to seeing some pics later.

This is a mixed flock of ducks. Th ones with the yellow rump are Teal Males. You can just make out the green stripe to the side of the head in the duck to the left. The Widgeon have a pale stripe from the bill, over the head and down the back of the kneck.

PeterD
29th December 2009, 08:55 PM
Well, at last I can put some of my images from the day on here;).

It was a cold day but thankfully no rain or snow:)

As we arrived on the site itself, the Avocet arrived at the North of the harbour on an island alongside the reserve.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Avocet-Recurvirostra-avosetta/749533155_R7bxR-L.jpg
Until now, the Black-tailed Godwit (centre) had the island to itself. It stopped feeding and moves out of the way for the incoming flock of Avocet.

Shortly afterwards, the Lapwing put on a flying display as they came into the reserve from the harbour.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Lapwing-Vanellus-vanellus/749472539_o3qgZ-L.jpg

The conditions were very overcast as we arrived as can be seen in this image.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Recent-Photos/New-Landscape-uploads/Winter-on-the-Marshes-189607/749189328_zQXbK-L.jpg

Undeterred by the conditions we carried on shooting.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Landscape-uploads/Dave-on-the-shoot-189595/752467455_tqpEB-L.jpg

Dave (Sapper) was dressed for the occasion. Shame Dave forgot his tripod adaptor plate. Still, the tripod made a really good rest;).

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Landscape-uploads/Keeping-warm-189597/752472236_LKmdX-L.jpg

The rest of us just wanted to stay warm:).

As we walked around the south side of the reserve, a little stonechat kept about 20 yds ahead of us, flying off as we approached only to land a short distance away.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Stonechat-Saxicola-torquata/752476874_YiwbU-L.jpg

This Curlew became a bit nervous as we approached and flew off towards an off-shore island.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Curlew-Numenius-arquata/752480598_Mvxf7-L.jpg

The flooded area to the east of the reserve played host to a number of roosting Teal.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Teal-Annas-crecca-189645/752484580_a2tEB-L.jpg

and Lapwing

http://www.imageinuk.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Lapwing-Vanellus-vanellus/752496831_v8qtG-L.jpg

A small flock of Meadow Pipit were also in the field.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Meadow-Pipit-Anthus-pratensis/752500141_ptUTd-L.jpg
These birds are very similar to the Rock Pipit but differ in the length of the hind claw. The Meadow having a very long claw as seen here.

As we were completing the tour, we disturbed some feeding Black-tailed Godwit.

http://peterd-2009.smugmug.com/Recent-Photos/New-Bird-Uploads/Black-tailed-Godwit-Limosa/752505426_w6zZU-L.jpg

After refreshments at the Churchillian on Portsdown Hill, we drove along the ridge to catch the sunset.

http://www.imageinuk.com/Recent-Photos/New-Landscape-uploads/Sunset-over-Portsmouth-Harbour/749071646_ePs2V-L-2.jpg

I would like to thank all of you who turned up and also those who have read this thread. I enjoyed meeting all of you. I would also like to give a special thanks to HIWWT for arranging the guides and in particular the representatives that accompanied us.

sapper
29th December 2009, 09:28 PM
Cracking pics Peter. Really nice.

Adagio
29th December 2009, 11:10 PM
What a super record of the day Peter! Congratulations and thanks *chr

theMusicMan
30th December 2009, 08:08 AM
Lovely set of shots Peter, and from everyone else too. Looks like you all had a great - and cold - day!

Melaka
30th December 2009, 08:38 AM
The wigeon on the right is a hen. All the other birds are males.

Melaka
30th December 2009, 08:42 AM
Oops, sorry. My last post referred to the exchange between PeterD and Sapper at the end of the first page, not to the more recent postings on this one.

PeterD
30th December 2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks all for your comments. Do we have any more images to put up?

One thing that this trip proved was that it is posible to use the longer focal length lens' even in the non-ideal conditions we had on the day.

I have checked with Chris (the RSPB warden) and he advises me that a boat trip around the harbour for a wildlife shoot has its problems. You are too low down and if it is choppy will have difficulty in focussing. He also says the longer lens' are a must. If any one is still interested in a boat trip, I can arrange it if sufficient people are interested. I shall check out the cost etc (and try for a discount;)) when I know the level of interest.

Well it will be soon time to crack the corks and party. Best wishes to all for the New Year.

Ellie
31st December 2009, 12:11 AM
Do we have any more images to put up? .
:o A few, but they aren't anywhere near as good as yours - and can't be uploaded until after 12th night when I'm back at my own computer.

I have checked with Chris (the RSPB warden) and he advises me that a boat trip around the harbour for a wildlife shoot has its problems. You are too low down and if it is choppy will have difficulty in focussing.
I've tried taking pictures from the Puffin Ferry across to Hurst Castle, none have ever really worked out because the smallish boat isn't stable enough for my fairly slow lenses. Yours bigger/better lens might be okay though.

PeterD
31st December 2009, 11:47 AM
:o A few, but they aren't anywhere near as good as yours - and can't be uploaded until after 12th night when I'm back at my own computer.


I've tried taking pictures from the Puffin Ferry across to Hurst Castle, none have ever really worked out because the smallish boat isn't stable enough for my fairly slow lenses. Yours bigger/better lens might be okay though.

Thanks for replying and look forward to seeing your images on here:).