Posted by: Andrew Skelton | 15/02/2012

Tomorrow.. tomorrow… I’ll be photographing again… tomorrow.

Emerald Tree Boa, originally uploaded by

Phew… back home now but it’s not like I have time to catch my breath – tomorrow, as they say, is another day… and another photographic day at that – not that today hasn’t. As I mentioned yesterday, we headed off to Slimbridge. Created by Sir Peter Scott, it’s the head quarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and as such is a cornucopia of ducks, geese, swans and numerous other birds. I was rather disappointed when I first arrived, all semblance of sunny weather had disappeared and I was left with the same conditions that I always seem to encounter when I’m there – grey grey grey. The lighting conditions were flat to say the least, and as such it wasn’t just the weather that was in the doldrums – so was my spirits.

A walk up along the hides didn’t provide any real photo opportunities, however the walk back did; a nonchalant glance through a fence view point to some feeders didn’t show much of interest until I noticed in amongst the reeds… a water rail. A notoriously shy bird, I didn’t expect much in the way of a photo opportunity – these birds normally dart out into the open and then straight back in, two seconds later. Thinking about it, it probably wasn’t a real water rail but a moor hen in fancy dress (actually it was a real Water Rail!) – as there wasn’t anything remotely shy about this bird – it remained in the open for 15 minutes and yes… I did manage a photo or two.

You’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to see any new photos – despite having two machines clearing the memory cards… I’m still not ready to sort through them. So, Dear Reader, until tomorrow.



  1. amazing green colors and details. Fantastic shot!

  2. Beautiful shot, the eye!!! Will not meet him…I only love snakes on photo’s, not in real live…. 😉

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