Photography day at Rye Meads RSPB nature reserve
I had a fantastic day’s photography at the R.S.P.B. Rye Meads nature reserve in Hertfordshire on Monday.
The main focus of my day was going to be photographing Kingfishers. The Rye Meads reserve is well known for its Kingfisher hide.
Although it’s a bit late in the season the Kingfishers were showing well and I got some really lovely shots. The best time to photograph these birds is when they have chicks in the nest that require a lot of feeding. The Kingfishers are very active at this time.
The staff at Rye Meads believe that the Kingfishers are now on their fourth brood which means they could be active well into October, although when I was there I had to wait around for a long time to get my images. That’s wildlife photography for you and waiting in a reserve like Rye Meads is no hardship.
During the day I also photographed a baby moor hen which made a nice image, especially as the pond was still, so there were some great reflections. Plus I photographed a coot and a splendid gadwall, again with good reflections.
To round off the day I got excellent views of a heron. I took the standard “standing on a post” pictures and then literally just as I was about to pack up the heron took off. I now had a couple of good flight shots to add to my day’s haul of images.
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