I'd been invigorated by the many new birds that had been seen and was eager to find more so I took my 600mm prime lens as it gives me the best chance at record shots.
The car park was relatively full when I got to the lakes, but it didn't register really as I was quite late in the morning and model boat enthusiasts were normally there. Wondering around I casually walked up to a man and asked him if he'd seen anything of interest. "Well the Black Terns are over there".
|Several Swallows and a House Martin on the right hand side.|
Shaking with excitement (because it is exciting when you find a brand new bird I thanked the man for his help and hurried off to the far side of the lake, notifying my rival Martin as I went.
|The Black Terns were resting on a bouy, but a high crop and heat haze stopped me getting anything better than this.|
No matter how I tried I simply couldn't lock onto the birds with my camera. I couldn't work out whether it was poor technique, the dull weather or my lens, but I was struggling to get any sort of decent pictures.
|Not the greatest of shots, but it does highlight what beautiful birds the Black Tern is.|
Still I'm now on 73 birds for the year on patch and now have a total of 151 birds for the blog.
|This juvenile Herring Gull highlights just how small the Terns are.|
|Another shot of the Black Tern in flight.|
|I'm glad I have a prime, as I wouldn't have got this shot otherwise.|
|And here's a non-cropped shot to highlight just how far out they were.|
|I had no problem locking onto fast-flying Swifts in the evening, so I think the poor light was against me.|