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16th November 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

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After a week of gloomy and very wet weather I jumped at the chance to take a short walk to Stoke Park this morning. It was lovely and sunny and so I took a 28mm lens to try and take some landscape photos.

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However, on arrival at Duchess Pond I saw a sparrowhawk fly in and land in the pond quite close by.Ā  In a panic I quickly swapped my lens for a much longer one. At first I failed to change the settings from those for landscapes and failed to get any decent shots as the sparrowhawk flew off when disturbed by crows. Luckily it came back for a further bath by which time I had sorted out my settings and got some very pleasing results.

I had a quick walk around the lake and took some photos of a cormorant and coots, moorhens and mallards in the beautiful sunshine. But by then I just wanted to get home to edit my sparrowhawk photos. Wonderful.

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5 thoughts on “16th November 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

  1. That’s the story of outdoor photography, isn’t it? The right lens in the right place at the right time, but not actually on your camera. šŸ™‚ And then when you do get it on the camera the animal is gone. It’s why I prefer to use my zoom lenses but I still forget to change the settings in all the excitement.

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