Fishing in the Serpentine Fen

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On Sunday, I took a couple of hours for a walk around the Serpentine Fen in Surrey. The Fen is a bird sanctuary in one of the busiest migration routes on the west coast. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find various species of ducks, geese, and other water fowl, along with bald eagles searching for food.

I was out with my Nikon 70-300 lens and caught this little fellow just after he caught a fish. Between him swimming and thrashing the fish about, and my excitement about catching him in the act, the pictures are not as sharp as I’d like. You know, hand-held, full tele, etc.

Anyway, I took a series of photos over the several minutes it took him to devour the fish. It was an interesting process, I must say. The pics are posted on Flickr. They are really cropped from the original. Even with a 300mm lens, I couldn’t get close enough to get a tight shot of this little fella.

Shows ta go ya, you never have just the right equipment, so you need to do what you can with what you’ve got. I mean, I could have just walked by with a sigh, but instead I salvaged a series of (I think) interesting shots.

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