Thursday, 19 May 2016

The Brecks with Brian: Hobbies, a Turtle and a Hairy Dragonfly!

With a decent day forecast, Brian and I headed south to look for a Tree Pipit. In the event, the weather was pretty damp and overcast all day and we never had a sniff of a TP.

Nevertheless, we had a great day out, starting off at Weeting Heath for typically distant views of Stone Curlews, carrying on along the Woodland Path for Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Linnet and lots of Garden Warblers.

A move to Lakenheath Fen was rewarded by at least 30 Hobbies, tazzing around like aces in a First World War dogfight: occasionally one or two got near enough for a photo, but the light wasn't conducive to good images...

The Fen Hide produced Kingfisher, while one or two Bearded Tits hung around long enough for a photo.

In case there was any doubt about how much better results can be achieved with a more expensive camera and lens: I post two of Brian's images. The Hobby was at least a quarter of a mile away, yet you can actually tell the species of Damselfly it's about to catch!


Hobby by Brian Tubby

Hairy Dragonfly and prey by Brian Tubby

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