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Old 13th June 2015
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A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

Some images of wildlife seen during my short walk, 3 june 2015.


A young immature Blackbird calling out to be fed. This was taken meadow, south of the marsh area, to the east of the Hayling Billy Trail.


In the same area sheep were present to help naturally manage the meadow land. Sheep and cattle are often seen in the LNR areas to carry out this function.


Overhead, a flock of Canada Geese flew past.


Many Greenfinch were seen along the Hayling Billy Trail.


The Robin was also seen in the bushes.....


and a Dunnock was seen, gathering food on the trail to feed its young.

To the East of the Hayling Billy Trail is the 19th century Oysterbed workings, now the West Hayling Local Nature Reserve, in Langstone Harbour.

A little Egret can be seen landing on the bank (lower left) and a Common Tern (centre right) can be seen looking for small fish to feed its chicks.


The Little Egret was originally a migrant to the UK but is now fully resident all the year round. Seen here wading in the shallows in the incoming tide. It anticipates rich pickings at this time.


The Common Tern has recently arrived from Africa and one is seen here hunting for food to be taken back to the lagoon islands to feed its chicks.


Here a Common Tern has caught a worm in the lagoon and shall return to the lagoon islands to feed its chicks.

This breeding season has been very tough with very high tides swept in on low atmospheric pressure systems and high winds. This has had a devastating affect on the Gulls and Tern chicks and eggs. Undeterred, these birds are trying again, for the third time for the gulls.

Here a Black Headed Gull is taking fresh nesting material to the lagoon islands.

Flocks of Starling can be seen throughout the nature reserve.


This link will take you to my Oysterbed Home page which has a google map of the area, lots of images of flora and fauna and more details of the breeding season.

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Re: A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

Looks like a good walk.

Blackbird for me please - you nailed it.
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Geese for me!
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Re: A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

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Looks like a good walk.

Blackbird for me please - you nailed it.
Thanks for your reply. This youngster begged for a feed from a nearby Blackbird and ended up in a brawl in the long grass. I broke things up and it rewarded me with a great pose.

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Geese for me!
Thanks for your reply. The clouds in the sky were a great backdrop to the flock of geese. It is one thing to have the bird(s) as a single subject but it is pleasing to create an image that includes more (but NOT too many) different subjects.

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Re: A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

Nice pictures. As someone not familiar with bird photography / long focal lengths, may I ask what happened to the Greenfinch, which appears to have a bit of a "drop shadow" effect surrounding it? Is that a sharpening halo, or some kind of CA? If sharpening, perhaps a different technique could have avoided it? If CA, would it have been possible to correct?
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Re: A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

Hi Peter

Good to see you finding some time to get out from the railway to take some pictures. Would like to meet up again if you are getting some time now.

Still hoping you are watching your peregrines.

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Re: A short walk around the West Hayling LNR's

Looks like a great walk with your camera.
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Obviously a very productive and enjoyable walk, Peter.
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Nice pictures. As someone not familiar with bird photography / long focal lengths, may I ask what happened to the Greenfinch, which appears to have a bit of a "drop shadow" effect surrounding it? Is that a sharpening halo, or some kind of CA? If sharpening, perhaps a different technique could have avoided it? If CA, would it have been possible to correct?
Thank you for your reply. Sorry my reply to you has been delayed but I wanted to re-process the Greenfinch image first.



I hope this is improved. I am afraid I have been rusty with a long break from photography. Thanks again for your comment - I greatly appreciated it.

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Great to be back in touch Peter. I shall get in touch soon. I would like to see the Red Kites in your area again.
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Thanks for your reply Ed, also good to be back in touch with you.
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Thanks Peter. We are working on improvements to access on the HB Trail also additional seating and information boards to bring together the past with the present. BR left behind ONE signal which was derelict. This is now being completely re-built as a working signal which should be re-installed this summer. A new replacement website is in work, and many other improvements are planned. A fitting legacy for the very popular branch line that closed in 1963.
This work is in partnership with Hampshire County and Havant Borough Councils plus Hayling's Best (which I represent).
If anyone is interested, I have photographed some of the work carried out and can show what has happened on here.
This is the reason for my long absence on here.

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