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Old 29th December 2009
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Re: Farlington Marshes Meet

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.


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.



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



Undeterred by the conditions we carried on shooting.



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



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.



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



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



and Lapwing



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


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.



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



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.
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Re: Farlington Marshes Meet

Cracking pics Peter. Really nice.
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What a super record of the day Peter! Congratulations and thanks
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Re: Farlington Marshes Meet

Lovely set of shots Peter, and from everyone else too. Looks like you all had a great - and cold - day!
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The wigeon on the right is a hen. All the other birds are males.
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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.
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Re: Farlington Marshes Meet

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.
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Re: Farlington Marshes Meet

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Do we have any more images to put up? .
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.

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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.
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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.
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