Our intention was to head for Lincoln on a steam train photography trip but we thought it would be well worthwhile to call in at the National Trust property in Clumber Park. It’s a good location for a bit of wildlife photography down by Clumber Lake where the swans, ducks and geese gather hoping for easy pickings from any visitors.
There’s also a pleasant walk back through the woods to the visitor centre. Old tree stumps are covered with bird seed tempting a variety of woodland birds down from the surrounding trees to take advantage of some easy food. Of course the resident grey squirrels don’t mind helping themselves too.
The bright autumn sunshine made for some excellent photographic conditions and a few that were just downright difficult.
We decided on making a second visit to the East Lancashire Railway. Last year we visited their autumn steam gala on a rather wet Saturday afternoon. This year the forecast wasn’t much better but we hoped the rain would stay away.
We were looking for some different views away from the station at Ramsbottom where most of our shots were taken last year. As a compromise we decided to start at Ramsbottom then move on to Summerseat and finally visit Burrs Country Park. The rain arrived by mid afternoon and we headed for home.
Our portfolio of pictures can be found here.
A break in the previous dew days of miserable weather gave us a lovely sunny afternoon.
It was just perfect to tempt us into paying a visit to our nearest RSPb reserve at Fairburn Ings.
It was very picturesque in the autumn sunshine and as usual we left with lots of photos to sort through. Our favourites are posted here.
Our photos of our visit to RSPB Old Moor have now been added to our portfolio.
Golden Plovers had arrived in their hundreds but kept well out of close up camera range so all our photos of them were taken on maximum zoom.
On Thursday we visited the National Trust property at Formby in Lancashire. Visiting our local RSPB reserves we normally end up photographing grey squirrels as these photogenic little creatures make the most of the free food on offer. Formby has the much rarer red squirrels and we decided on a visit to see if we could spot some.
The squirrels have their own walk “Formby Red Squirrel Walk” but the property has walks through the woodland and sand dunes down to the sea. Our walk took us through the pine woodlands planted up in the 1800’s and past small fields where asparagus was once cultivated. The woods turn from pine to deciduous woodland known as Nicotine Wood. In the 1950’s and 1960’s thousands of tonnes of tobacco leaf waste were dumped here.
The woodlands give way to more open ground before reaching the sand dunes and eventually views of the beach and the Irish Sea.
After a walk along the beach we headed back to the main “Red Squirrel Walk”. There were lots of reds about but they don’t sit still for long and you have to be very quick on the shutter release button if you don’t want a blur of red fur as you chosen subject heads up the nearest pine tree.
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