A post… with birds in!
Yesterday Leigh and I decided to head off to Rutland Water to have a look at the Red-necked Grebe that has been hanging about off the dam for a week or so. We’d taken Minnie Mü and had hoped for a pleasant stroll and a bit of birding, something I haven’t really done for months, although I guess in a way I’m always birding. As we approached it became clear that there was something else going on… Rutland Day. It was taking place at Syke’s Lane too. Oh well, £5 later we were parked in a field a long way from where I wanted to be.
First off we decided to travel light, camera only with the 200mm zoom, and head for Normanton Church. I’m no great fan of Rutland Water at the best of times but the amount of ignorant cyclists charging about made me want to knock one of them off. Anglian Water… how about some extra cycle lanes? We passed the Grebe by the valve tower and carried on. I had a sneaky plan to park closer later and digiscope.
On the way back we were treated to a fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Douglas Dakota (we had seen a Spitfire and Hurricane earlier heading for Duxford before I had a chance to get the camera out).
BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947
BBMF Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947
Back at the Red-necked Grebe, I cut my losses and took a few appaling record shots as the sneaky way in from the South side has been blocked off!
Back at Syke’s Lane we had a wander round the show and stopped by to watch the excellent Rock and Roll band The Houndogs on stage.
Not wanting to picnic in a field we headed back to Oakham where I saw this fantastic old Pre-Worboys road sign.
Posted in 35mm, Bird Watching, Birding, British Birds, Canon 40D, Photography, Photoshop, Rutland Water
Tagged Autumn, Conkers, Fishing, Normanton Church, Red-necked Grebe, Rock and Roll, Rutland, Rutland Water, September, The Houndogs
Last night was the first chance I’d had to see the Supermoon since the End Of Days predicted by Nathan Rao in The Daily Express… a paper so mad it now inadvertently rivals the Daily Mash!
Just got a chance to process a few images from Monday’s trip to Norfolk. First up are some terrible DSLR shots of a couple of the Parrot Crossbills at Holt Lowes.
Next up are a few shots from Wells Harbour taken before the devastating storm surge that hit the North Norfolk coast on the evening of 5 December 2013
The top one is taken from the iPhone 4S with the Pro HDR app and the lower shot using Hipstamatic. Below is a DSLR shot from the outer Harbour.
The blog title was inspired the the live album recorded by Bob Dylan and The Band back in 1974.
Posted in 35mm, Apps, B&W, Bird Watching, Birding, Black & White, British Birds, Canon 40D, HDR, High Dynamic Range Imaging, Hipstamatic, iPhone 4S, iPhoneography, Norfolk
Tagged Boats, Bob Dylan, Fishing Boat, Harbour, Holt, Holt Country Park, Holt Lowes, Parrot Crossbill, The Band, Upon Cripple Creek, Wells Next The Sea
No, not a post about track suits but a few old pictures of Yorkshire Traction buses taken in the National Bus Company era in Barnsley bus station. A memory of the times when us kids could travel from Hoyland to Barnsley for 2p… and boy did we all use the buses. Tracky was our affectionate name for Yorkshire Traction buses before Stagecoach bought the company and wiped out over 100 years of heritage.
This was before Mrs Thatcher ruined yet another public service with her evil ideologies…
The first two were taken using my trusty old Practika MTL3 35mm SLR whilst the later was taken with a Kodak Instamatic camera.