Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sanna Frustration

A westerly was blowing this morning bringing a light swell onto the beaches at Sanna, where we walked early as the forecast was for rain before midday.

Late February is a quiet time along the shore, with the main interest the few birds which are winter residents....

....such as the small flocks of ringed plovers, the cheerful, chattery oystercatchers, the gulls, and....

....the occasional great northern diver out in one of the bays.

All of them are well aware of anyone approaching so, unless one stalks them very carefully, they're up and away before a good picture can be taken, even with a camera that offers a x25 zoom.  As a result pictures tend to be distant ones, on full zoom, and heavily cropped - so they end up grainy.

It's one of the compromises one has to make with the equipment one chooses to carry. My Panasonic FZ200 is reasonably light and portable for long walks, and capable of everything from wide scenes to 1cm macro images, but the result.... intense frustration when a distant shot of what looked, at the time, to be two slightly moth-eaten oystercatchers turns out to be the first turnstones we've seen in a long time.

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