Sorry for the lack of posts recently but its been pretty quiet for me photography wise as I’ve been completing orders from the studio and wedding work from over the winter period. I did however, manage to get a week long break in Cumbria around Barrow in Furness a fortnight ago. Although researching sites around here for certain subjects was quite difficult, it was a surprise to see the lack of waders around this side of Morecambe Bay. Considering Morecambe Bay is one of the UK’s strongholds for wintering waders I would have thought opposite here would have been too. Obviously not!
Walney Island Wildlife Trust Reserve was on the list of places to go and was a very nice place to visit. Although the hides were well placed to see birds, they were too far away for bird photography. 6 Emporer Goose was an interesting find, although I read later on that these were from a captive pair that have bred succesfully in recent years! I did manage some Eider duck on the beach and a nice Little Egret with a rainbow in the background on the estuary.
Leighton Moss RSPB was also on the hit list, but very dissapointing to be honest. I was told a visit to the Eric Morcambe hide at high tide was well worth it for the waders. As high tide pushes the waders off the estuaries and coastline of Lancashire, some make their way to the pools around the reserve. Even though I visited the hide at high tide and on a day where there wasnt a cloud in the sky (double bonus!!) there were about 10 Redshank around the pools. The water levels of the pools had not been dropped so there was no shallow water for the waders to roost or feed in. A few displaying Pintail and Shoveler made up for the loss but these were at a distance so no photographs were obtained.
On the last evening, the sunset spilled through the clouds meaning that I could capture a couple of wind turbines in very atmostpheric lighting .
Photography will start to take off again in the coming weeks with a few trips planned so please check back for more info and more photos (hopefully!!!)