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According to my RSPB British Bords book, the black band on the tail shows that this bird is in its first winter.
It also shows some juvenile feathering on the wings indicating first winter.
... your getting the hang of that camera John! Nice shots.
That's the nicest thing I've heard all day! I, personally, didn't think much of them, but I see what you're saying. Until now, I have been a bit afraid of 'action shots' because, let's face it, I haven't yet mastered 'still' shots. Still, It's really nice to receive such a compliment. (I am trying!)
PS: did you not see my Cormorant post? (I think it was yesterday) I was so excited - mainly because I had never, never, seen a cormorant in this particular bit of the river; not only that but it was struggling with a big fish it had just caught. Around here, the cormorants, although fairly common are normally more 'shy' but in this case, I think the bird was just so engrossed in it's catch I was able to get close enough. It was the first thing I saw and maybe, I got a bit over-excited. The fact is that I did not take time to set a mode, programme, or whatever; I just started shooting. I can tell you that there is no-one more disappointed than me - knowing that I saw it struggling with the fish - in all kinds of 'poses' but I did not get one single picture I could say 'yes, I like that'
P.S. I have a feeling I was on 'P' when it happened
... the third photo; I always like to see water flying, sun glinting off the droplets etc.
Yes I did see the cormorant observation and I’ve left a comment there.
Lat/Lng: 55.601, -2.44139
OS grid ref: NT722342