6 November 2011

Another grey autumnal weekend



After several fine clear days the grey skies and rain returned: another typical late autumn weekend. We headed out east to Esan, I tried to get some Harlequin Duck shots.


It was too dark and the birds were too skittish, the only time I got to this spot and found co-operative birds and nice weather was almost exactly four years ago. This shot from that day was taken with my old $120 Sigma zoom at just 214mm.

I need to go there and be patient, unfortunately it's not really accessible by public transport so I have to rely on the wife giving me a lift and hanging around so time is never on my side. Next year, next year.....



This Pelagic Cormorant was one of many at Esan........


Another common coastal bird around these here parts is Blue Rock Thrush, another blue skittish bird. This is a female.


A few recent annoyances have left me a little grumpy, even grumpier than usual. My computer seems to be having wi-fi problems with the new router and last night my ancient analogue TV finally packed in (just before the footy kicked off).  The analogue signal was switched off this summer, the only thing I watched was footy through the old Sky digital tuner (which still worked). So now I have to buy new TV and new tuner and maybe a new satellite dish too. Before my computer picked up various internet problems I could easily watch illegal feeds of the Premier League but none of the high quality ones seem to work anymore................

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3 comments:

  1. See you are also getting through annoying computer problems ;-)
    The pelagic cormorant is a magnificent bird and I hope to see it one day ;-) I might also pay a visit to a place where I know now that Harlequin ducks stay for the winter, I can tell you you are welcome, but we are leaving far away from each other ;-)

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  2. Thanks for the invite Chris, not sure if I can pop over to Iceland on my day off though...........

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  3. Pity about the computer problems.... tech "glitches" leave me speechless with anger...
    Still the sight of Harlequin Duck - even in the gloom - should be some compensation !

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