Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Flight shots......................................................................... from Haydn's Pool

I haven't been to my favourite local place to watch birds for a few weeks now.
Here are a few flight shots of Black-tailed Godwits taken a few years ago with my old Nikon D60.

They were feeding along the shoreline in good numbers when they suddenly took off...

 ...lovely birds to watch flying around together.

They swirled around for a couple of minutes before landing to carry on feeding... probing around in the shallows with those wonderful long beaks.

 Another fond memory of Haydn's Pool was seeing a fox appear on the far shore one Sunday afternoon.

 He was seen off by a Lapwing who was guarding her chick... just a few yards to the right of this image.

The fox hadn't seen the chick and soon the dive bombing bird made him turn and run.

I have posted these images before but it was quite a while ago so you may not have seen them.
I can't wait to be up and about so I can get back to watching nature other than in my back garden.

33 comments:

Sandra said...

amazing birds in flight shot and the fox is incredible to me, i have only seen 2 in my life and never close enough for a photo

Marcia said...

Nice. That is one beautiful fox. Haven't seen them around here of late. Neighbors think we have coyotes but I haven't seen them either.

The Hairy Birder said...

Some nice shots there Andrew!

i stora drag said...

What lovely photos, all of them! Both of birds and of course the fox. I have never taken any photo of one. Greetings Pia

EG CameraGirl said...

So many godwits! Beautiful photos!

Liva`s said...

Beautiful birds and great shots !No wonder that the fox chose to leave the area :-D

John said...

Nice shots Andrew! I am never able to get any decent flight shots! I will just have to keep practising!
J
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TexWisGirl said...

great shots, andrew! well worth pulling out of the bag!

Skye said...

we have red foxes like that except the ones here have bushier tails - but they are so pretty and I hear them howling at night- they almost sound human - its kind of scary but they don't hurt anyone - I see them running by the lake sometimes or trotting down the side of the road. :)

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, such great actions shots. so neat. glad you shared them. so fun!! (:

Ahayes1225 said...

wonderful images!

Ruby said...

Excellent picture the flying formation. Cheers!!

holdingmoments said...

Lapwings are really protective. Great captures seeing off that fox.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, and, don't be in a hurry to go out, hurrying will not help.

Gary said...

I remember that fox sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carole M. said...

the godwits are a lovely delicate bird and these are great in-flight photographs Drew; also glad the lapwing was able to fob off the fox

Adam Jones said...

Great shots of the Godwits. Always nice to see waders in flight.

Heather Wilde said...

Love this post, brilliant shots of the Godwits.

mick said...

Great in-flight photos - we see very few Black-tailed Godwits where I live but thousands of Bar-tailed Godwits.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That fox didn't know what he got himself into by coming out in the open.

Great images today.


Hootin' Anni @ Hootin' Anni's - Egret taking to flight
and
I'd Rather B Birdin - Cooper's Hawk

Brian King said...

These are awesome, Andrew! Great flight shots! The fox and lapwing photos are fantastic! Nicely done.

barbara l. hale said...

Terrific shots! Wonderful to see wildlife interacting.

Adam Tilt said...

Great flight shots Andrew. I remember being amazed at those Fox photos the first time I saw them on here.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Great photos Andrew, hope you get better soon as well.

eileeninmd said...

Love the Godwits in flight shots! They are awesome! Cool sighting of the fox. Great photos, Andrew!

Sharon Whitley said...

I love lapwings - he sure showed the fox who was boss, great photos - I hope you don't mind I gave you a mention in my latest blog post, I think your squirrel could teach mine a few lessons - but please don't send him over!!!

Stewart M said...

Nice set of pictures - love the L'wing attacking the fox.
Liked the post before as well, hard to believe I used to live there!

cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Australia

The Herald said...

Super flight shots of the Godwits Andrew. And a great sequence of the Fox vs. Lapwing encounter...[;o)

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures of the birds in flight, but the fox is a real highlight for me. Wow.

Maurizio Riccio said...

Nice sequence. Thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

Great shots of the fox and the birds!

Nigel Monckton said...

The fox shots in particular are just excellent.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This is such a beautiful post -- as far as I'm concerned you could post it monthly (I don't think I saw it before, but again I wouldn't mind seeing it over and over). The flight shots -- they're just kind of skimming the water -- just fantastic. And I cannot believe the fox and how you got that whole series with the lapwing...just amazing.