This Little Egret was taking advantage of the fish stranded by the recent flooding of the River Wharfe near Wetherby. A few years back these birds would have attracted a small crowd of ‘twitchers’, but they seem to be quite well established in the UK now.
Almost as bad as ‘I told you so!’ – but as predicted our moley house builders looked to have come a cropper in the lastest flooding of the local Ings. Judging by the height of the debris line, the water might have been as much as 6ft deep here overnight. I’m not sure the little blighters would necessarily have got drown, as I saw evidence of fresh disturbance from underneath on a few of the mounds.
Looks as if the mole’s town planners are as good ours at the moment … see a bit of green and build a house on it. AND, in this case, they also seem to be ignoring the basic good sense of avoiding flood plains as this field regularly floods every year.
Making the best of a poor image technically, I couldn’t make my mind up whether I prefered colour or black and white so I made both. IS0 1600 is well over the top of my usual threshold for taking photos with my Canon 80D – but better that than no image! There is an argument for not bothering….. but it’s all part of the learning process – and I liked the sort of regal nature of these Goosanders.
Taken at the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) site at Bempton Cliffs, East Riding of Yorkshire in the UK. My visit was an attempt to see my first Albatross – whilst I did see a small spec on the sea which I was reliably informed was THE Albatross, I shall revisit again next year if the bird deems appropriate to return. (I’ve not claimed it as a ‘tick’.)
It’s not so exciting here at the moment so I’ve been faffing about with an image or two – probably a bit too much with one!