Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A Quick Trip to the Reservoir

Little Egret
Egretta garzetta
I was mightily pleased to learn that I wasn't required to attend school after 12 noon today due to an electrical outage. Only one thing to do and one place to go: Huay Mai Teng Reservoir. On arrival there were 4 River Lapwing near the launch area and I have no doubt they wouldn't have been there at this time at weekends. I managed a couple of shots but I then managed to scare them away by trying to get in close. In fact I was furious with myself because the plan was to cash in on the light! 

River Lapwing
Vanellus duvaucelii

On the subject of disturbance and the like soon after I arrived some council workers arrived to erect warning signage at the entrance to the launch area: "DANGER" signs forbidding children from swimming. I rather fear there has been some sort of tragedy. Elsewhere I noticed a new bright red and white barrier on the road at quite a sharp bend; on the other side of the barrier is a deep drop into a water chute from the reservoir. I rather fear a vehicle went through it, another tragedy. Anyway I was the only source of disturbance to the birds today and in consequence I missed out on a great photo opportunity.
Zitting Cisticola
Cisticola juncidis

I counted two Small Pratincoles at different locations around the site on my short trip. I also managed some shots of these exuberant Zitting Cisticolas and I also managed a few shots of the above Little Egret; in breeding plumage this bird always reminds me of a classic image of Marilyn Monroe, you know the one where she is holding down her little white frock.

All photographs digiscoped and taken at Huay Mai Teng Reservoir 29.06.11

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