It's always good to have your camera with you!

Wherever possible I always try to carry my camera with me, even when I'm not really planning to take any photos. I still remember the day when, after having my camera with me every day for months, I left it at home because I was going on a seminar with work. I was driving through the next village when I was distracted by something across the road- a sparrowhawk with a starling in its talons! It let me pull along side it whilst it proceeded to drown the struggling starling, over a period of minutes, in a puddle by the side of the road. A once in a lifetime experience but aaaaah - no camera!

There have, however, been a couple of occasions this month when having my camera with me, just in case, has paid off!

There is a site I used to visit regularly in Cambridgeshire where you can get really quite close to rabbits! The key thing is that the rabbits live alongside a road, used regularly by cars and pedestrians but with a speed limit of just 10 miles per hour. I just pull to the side of the road and, with a little patience, using the car as a hide, I have had young rabbits pop their heads out of burrow almost below the wing mirror of my car!  

I had opportunity to visit this site this month in the early evening. One baby rabbit in particular was curious enough to allow me to get a couple of shots! 

Young Rabbit at Burrow

Young Rabbit at Burrow

  For more images of rabbits, both from here and other locations please click here.

 

The second occasion was again one evening, on the way home from work. I live in a village not from the A1 in Lincolnshire. In recent years I have had the pleasure of seeing Red Kites flying over our village and the surrounding area - but never low enough or near enough to photograph. Imagine my excitement when, not only did a Kite fly low over my car but it stayed close, hanging in the wind on what was quite a blustery evening. Even better, I was able to pull of the road and grab my camera.

Although it was a sunny evening the light was all wrong, meaning the bird went into silhouette more often than not. Unfortunately in my excitement I forgot to check my camera settings and underexposed a few shots for good measure. However, I did manage to get a couple of shots I was reasonably happy with - it's just a shame the bird had a tag in its wing!

 

  

For more images of raptors and owls please click here.

 

It just goes to show, it pays to have your camera with you at all times!