If at first…

by on Aug.26, 2011, under Birdwatching, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, Otter, Southeast Northumberland

I had a feeling of deja vu just after the Bird Fair, when Alex and Richard joined us for a Prestige Tour on Richard’s birthday.  My brief was the same as last year; birdwatching, photography and Otters, and I had no doubt that it was going to be a real pleasure.  Last year the Otters eluded us, but we’ve found new sites since then, and changed the route, and timings, of our Otter Safaris to take that into account.  A very obliging Grey Heron allowed consideration of composition…and why you shouldn’t set your camera to one of it’s pre-programmed modes 😉  A Common Snipe was a good subject to investigate why autofocus may sometimes be inferior to manual focus, and a very heavy shower produced a degree of contrast between sky and water that illustrated our discussions about camera metering systems.

Small groups of Whimbrel and Golden Plover were heading south, and we set ourselves close to one of our regular Otter sites as the day wore on.  All of the wildfowl started heading in one direction…away from the Otter that was making its way menacingly across the water 🙂  It vanished into the reeds, then reappeared before sliding away into the darkness again; leaving behind lots of terrified ducks, 2 very happy clients and a relieved guide 🙂

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Richard Prescott

    Thanks, Martin, for a great day! Alex and I enjoyed it enormously. Seeing the Otter was a delight but so was hearing and glimpsing the female Tawny Owl afterwards as well as the Pipistrelle in the twilight. Alex, in particular, found your hints and tips on using her new Canon camera a tremendous help. Thanks once again.

  • martin

    Hi Richard and Alex. Thank you for your kind comments. It was lovely to meet you both again, and a pleasure to spend the day with you. Our house has Tawny Owls all around, but having one fly over our heads while we’re out with clients always brings an adrenaline rush 🙂

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