Im my opinion, next to Kingfisher, the Bee-eater has got to be the most colourful bird in Europe. They are absolutely stunning and the noise they make is superb. It was around 35c whilst I was taking these images and as a result this bird is panting. They breathing very quickly to pass cooler air through the lungs to cool them down.
Bee-eater, Merops apiaster, Pusztaszer, Hungary, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MKIV with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II and Canon 1.4x III teleconverter.
Another image from the London Wetland Centre, this time a male Tufted Duck enjoying a brief moment of sun.
Tufted Duck, Aythya fuligula, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.
Todays image is of Ring necked Parakeet at the London Wetland Centre. Since the sun wasn’t playing ball and the sky was very overcast I decided to overexpose the image by +3 stops causing the white clouds to become completely bleached out, but rendering the bird the correct exposure, leading to this high contrast image.
Ring-necked Parakeet, Psittacula krameri, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 with Canon 300mm f/2.8 L IS II
I flushed this heron whilst walking around the reserve and unfortunately for the heron it flew straight towards a coot nest. The adult coots then proceeded to launch a full scale attack on the heron for being too close to the nest. The heron then had to change direction quickly, which ultimately lead to the heron slowing down and landing about a foot away from the coots nest, which lead the coots to become even more aggresive because of this. In the end the heron flew past me instead of the coots which in my opinion was the safest option in the first place! Whether the heron thought that the coots would be more concerned about me and tried to take one of the coot chicks or whether it was just an honest mistake I dont know. It happened extremely quickly and this is the one of the images of the pair of coots scolding the heron! 😉
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea and Coot Fulica atra, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5d Mk3 and 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.
Image 125 is a female Mute Swan on her nest. With the torrential rain we’ve had recently I hope this nest has survived as she was sitting on 4 eggs whilst I was there.
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, London Wetland Centre, April, 2012.
Canon 5D mk3 with 300mm f/2.8 L IS II lens.