Blackroof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings.

Well changing the rules has certainly made life a little easier.  Though the logic behind the title is a little disappointing.  I went out to photograph a starling murmuration.  Who would not want to capture something with a name like “murmuration”?

According to confidential sources (Okay, the Attenborough Nature Reserve facebook page if you must know. Cannot believe I cracked that easily) they had been seen the previous evening at the reed beds of delta pond.  An imaginative name for a pond, don’t you think?  So I parked up, walked two miles to the place where they were spotted, and waited.  And waited.  Had I missed them? According to another couple, they had already been waiting half an hour and seen nothing. So I waited. And waited. Nothing.

So with another two mile walk back to the car I had to try and make sure it was not totally wasted.  The sunset colours looked amazing on the lakes and then two swans appeared, just to add a little contrast.  Not totally a wasted evening then.

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And just to keep the evening theme, I tried a shot of the supermoon with the 400mm lens.  Not totally sharp but that is more to do with some high level mistiness with the cold air.

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Those who follow the simple instructions to click on an image to see it larger will notice a change.  It now goes to Flickr. I never realised you could do that, but I am overjoyed because it means I am not wasting my resource allowance by saving images to WordPress, nor wasting disk space having to save the images to my laptop.

 

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