We took the boys up to the RSPB nature reserve at The Loch of Strathbeg on Sunday for a couple of hours.
I didn't get many decent photos, as most of the birds were too far away for my 55-200mm lens to get any decent photos.
Here are a few of the better photos, featuring either the landscape or the local horses.
Firstly a simple landscape, the header photo at the top of the page.
The Loch of Strathbeg nature reserve is a very flat area centred on the Loch itself. It is a beautiful area, however there are not many outstanding features, which makes landscape photography a challenge. The only real feature of interest to a landscape photographer is the 230 year old wind pump tower.
Some of the horses that were roaming around did put on a show for us!
As I said earlier, the bird photos were a little disappointing.
I did catch a few shots of a lone Egret. But they were at such a great distance that I really am only showing them as proof that we saw them rather than as examples of photography.
Moving on to the Egret. This first one shows the kind of distance that the bird was from our hide.
These two photos are cropped from much more distant shots...
As you can see, even heavily cropped, the bird is very small in the images. If i am going to develop my wildlife photography I will clearly need to get a longer lens.
Finally a very rough little animation that Google backup automatically generated from several photos of the Egret moving around the wetland.