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August 6, 2011 / hhsiegrist

A Morning at the Lake

Last Sunday was announced bright and shiny after a prolonged period of lower temperatures associated with clouds and rain. An excellent reason to rise early and visit the birds on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. The morning turned out to be cloudless and the early sun gave a wonderful warm light.

About half an hour after entering the hide a Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) appeared and flew around the lagoon in search for some prey. Eventually, a fish passed underneath and the Kingfisher quickly plunged into the water and came up again immediately with its catch. And the photographer was ready to shoot in a fraction of a second:

A few minutes later the bird flew up to a branch a few metres away from the hide which allowed me to take a picture of its glory. This is a male bird as the lower bill is black (orange in females):


Some time later a Little Grebe  (Tachybaptus ruficollis) showed up patrolling the shoreline looking for molluscs:


Towards the end of my stay in the hide suddenly a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) landed in front of my lens and remained long enough for a couple of pictures. Take note that this bird is smaller than the Great Egret and has a black bill instead of a yellow one:

Then if took off again showing its characteristic black legs with the yellow feet

All in all I remained there for four hours waiting for opportunities and the time was well spent in my opinion. Bird photography depends a lot on luck and this was one of my luckier days.



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  1. Rolf / Aug 7 2011 19:40

    Hallo Hans,
    menno, ich spiele schon seit Ewigkeiten Lotto und Du hast das Glück mit diesen tollen Aufnahmen. So ungerecht ist die Welt ;-))))
    Der Kingfischer (wie heißt der denn auf Deutsch? Königsfischer *g*) ist ja ein wunderschöner Vogel,klasse wie sein Gefieder leuchtet.
    Viele Grüße

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