May 22

Pied Wagtail

This was an interesting if challenging shoot down on the river in the Trough of Bowland.

It’s been a while since I’ve worked with just a couple of individuals for the best part of a day but the effort was worthwhile not least because it allowed me to discover so much about these active little birds. I had to first trail their movements along the river and noted that they circled clockwise and moved downstream collecting mayflies, stoneflies and the like to feed to their young.

Photographically it was difficult. I took just over a thousand shots and kept one hundred and forty from my initial sort through. However this set will eventually be culled to a more manageable number, but for this to happen I’ll need to detach from them some more and that’s not going to happen any time soon!

So for now, here are my top 25 shots. Maybe I will delete the other hundred odd before too long. After all, this tight selection catches the flavour of the day for me.

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    1. That’s very kind of you to say Linda. Thank you. It was great fun to spend time out with them. 🙂

  1. Hi Jason, not heard from you for a while. The pied wagtail was fascinating like a air raid, then diving into the water. The Nuthatch such a lovely bird and it’s antics unusual, and it’s mate – lovely to watch. I am thrilled to have a blackbird nesting in my garden with 5 chicks in a first nest, a new mum I suppose – she is feeding them constantly now and the male is helping feeding too. One of the young fell out of the nest and mum hadn’t noticed! I picked it up and showed her before gently putting it back to the nest where she tucked the youngster in and carried on feeding!

    1. Hi Brenda, I’m glad you enjoyed the pied wagtail experience! It was quite a day down on the river. And well done on rescuing the baby blackbird too!

  2. Hi Jason i am a total total ?? new beginner to photography and have become acquainted to Sandy possibly being more of a nuisance with so many questions !!! anyway he steered me to your website and i love the wildlife and landscape photos which is my ultimate goal but i have a long way to go , i am still trying to get to the simple basics of my camera what it can and cant do but anyway i am often out and about in the Methlick area practising.

    1. Hi Wil, thank you for your comment here. I think the secret to becoming a better photographer is to ask questions… and to get out and practise so you’re doing great on both counts. I plan to put more resources online for photographers soon so watch this space. 🙂

  3. Beautiful shots Jason, colours so sharp and clear, you’ve really captured the essence of the bird there x

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