Well, todays image, number 096, brings me back up to date with my 365 project, and I’m not sure who’s shocked the most, me or this Spur-winged Plover. 😉 (which is taken from a low view point! 😉 )
Spur-winged Plover (lapwing), Vanellus spinosus, Kenya.
Image 095, is an African Jacana. and what a cool looking bird. Its legs and feet are huge and because of this evolutionary trait spends most of its time walking across the top of floating water vegetation such as Lily’s (where it gets its local name from of Lily-trotter!)
African Jacana, Actophilornis africanus, Kenya.
Getting low down is the only way to go sometimes. Shooting this nightjar from above would have been impossible as I wouldn’t have been able to approach this bird from a standing position. I decided to get down low and commando crawl up to this bird that I spotted perched next to the road whilst I was in Kenya. The red eye is a result of the reflection of the flash from my camera…. should have used red eye reduction mode 😉
Montane Nightjar, Caprimulgus poliocephalus, Kenya.
Land birds are a lot easier to photograph from a low level perspective. Image 093, is a Red Grouse in the moorlands of Shropshire. I used a low level perspective here to frame the grouse in the heather that surrounded it.
Red Grouse, Lagopus lagopus, Shropshire.
Like the Great crested Grebe, image 092 is another fish eating species called a Goosander. These occur on rivers and streams in the breeding season, but will occur on any large water body during the winter months. I had seeen a small group of wintering goosander on my local reservoir so sat in the water for a few hours trying my luck. I had a few close encounters with them and this female was the best of the session. I just wish she had turned her head a few degrees towards me. 😉
Goosander, Mergus merganser, West-Midlands.