I went with a colleague from Bracknell Camera Club to RSB Rye Meads. We arrived 20 minutes before the site opened and we had to wait until the gates were unlocked.
We were at Rye Meads from 9 am till 2.30 pm and spent most of this time in the hides there. The busiest hide was the Kingfisher Hub which was much more than just a hide!
Practice makes perfect so out of all my images of the day these are the ones I have kept!
Once in the Kingfisher Hub I sat and watched across the pond and waited for kingfishers. We had been told that they had fledged so there would not be much traffic to the nests but I could hope to see one or two!
My only other experience with Kingfishers had been on our local river, the Blackwater.
My camera’s speed was too low to properly catch the bird as it left its perch.
In the next hide we sat and watched the grasses and bulrushes and looked for birds. We could hear lost of birds in front of us and around us.
This was my most successful image taken at an extreme distance with my big lens.
The grasses in front of the hide provided some interesting images while we waited.
Again at an extreme distance we watched a Kestrel hovering over potential prey.