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7th day of lockdown. I have spent a lot of time with Kingfishers over the years. When you start working on one it normally goes on for a few weeks and every idea you can think of has to be tried. They are not difficult birds to photograph. They are surprisingly tame and take no notice of hides and noisy photographers.


Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, Warwickshire, October 2010. Canon EOS 1d Mk3. 300mm f4 lens. 1/400th at F10. 400 iso.

6th day of lockdown. These little-ringed plover started to display right in front of a permanent wooden hide we had on a shallow scrape. I really enjoy watching bird behaviour and as a photographer you get to see a lot of it close up. Seeing birds at a distance through binoculars has never really interested me.

Little-ringed plover, Charadrius dubius. pair displaying, Midlands, June 2011. Canon Eos 1d MK4. 800mm lens. 1/320th at f13. 800 iso.

5th day of lockdown. Jamaica Bay Nature Reserve in New York is a well known place for bird photography. I turned up on an early morning in August and looked around puzzled. I could see lots of birds, but there was no hide and access for the car was impossible. How did photographers get close to these waders out on the mud flats. I waited for the first American photographers to turn up. They simply walked out to the birds and got as close as they liked. The birds just stayed put.

If this was the U.K. firstly access to such a site would be banned and it would be necessary to put up a hide and sit around patiently for hours in the hope something approached.

Not only are the birds so tame, but the settings are beautiful. Shallow water lapping into green grass. I went to a nearby fishing  tackle shop and bought a pair of chest wader as lying down in the mud was a messy business.

Semipalmated plover, Charadrius semipalmatus, single bird standing in water with reflection, New York, USA. Canon EOS 1ds Mk3. 500mm lens plus 1.4 extender. 400 iso. 1/1250th at f6.