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Friday, 16 October 2009

Croxall Lakes on 5th July 2009

In the morning, I went on one of Dave Scattergood's excellent bird walks for East Staffordshire Council. There were a couple of Barnacle Geese amongst the Canadas. Many othe birds were seen, but I was concentrating on the Banded Agrions (or Demoiselles, according to your preferences), between trying to capture images of the Kingfishers which only ever settled at a distance and obscured by branches. In the end, one settled quite close, although it was difficult to cut out the blur from grasses, etc., that were just in front of us. In all my shots, the wings look quite black.
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Barnacle Geese (with Canadas)
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Banded Agrion/Demoiselle (male)
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Banded Agrion/Demoiselle (female)
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Common Kingfisher (male)

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