I got out of work early and scampered down to Ham Wall. Equipped with a fully charged new camera I was ready to take some pro (ahem!) pictures. Except there wasn't a lot about. July is a time when most of the bird life takes a bit of a break. Hiding out quietly in trees or chilling in the reeds.
So I decided to focus (sorry!) on the bugs. There were loads. Including a pleasing number of butterflies.
and a friendly Soldier beetle...
After getting to grips with the manual focus (a most welcome inclusion on the Fuji XS 1 and a big improvement over my last bridge camera) I decided to head to Walton Heath and sat in the hide amongst the reeds.
A tern put in a brief appearance but I was unable to replicate Andrews excellent photo (see last entry). Partly down to the variable light, a slowish auto focus and dare i say it a slight lack of reaction time.
Nevertheless a young Grebe posed quite nicely.
Time was ticking so i headed back only to be distracted by a Damselfly. They are rather dainty and look magnificent sat in the reeds. As I photographed it, he casually rose from his perch, plucked a nearby aphid, shoved it in his mandibles and settled down to eat his prize. Fantastic!
Scoffing an aphid.
All in all a good macro session. Now I need to get some more birds!