My good friends in the met office informed me Tuesday would be mainly sunny with the odd shower but that the weather would go steeply downhill there after; a misearable amount of rain on the Wednesday followed by a depressing quantity the following day. Why do I even bother to check what cocktail of conditions they pull from the lucky-dip forecast hat? In the event Tuesday was so overcast (with frequent showers) that I was unsure whether the sun rose at all that day. The next day was blue skies all the way. I didn't wait around to find out how inaccurate the third day prediction might have been.
So if the following images all look as though they were taken pre-sunrise on very high ISO, they may as well have been.
|I found seven Redpolls without difficulty. This midday image shows how dull the conditions were, the following shots are all significantly lightened.|
|Tundra Swan in the early afternoon glow.|
|Slavionian Grebe: a bird that I rarely see in Kansai. I was due a spot of luck on this trip and finding this to be the closest bird on a huge lake must have been it.|
|On any other day that flock of Black-necked Grebes in the background would have been closer than a just identifiable Slavonian in the distance.|
|One of several Brown Dippers along the river, this bird was frequently singing under a major road bridge. This shot really was taken at dawn, the trick being it was dawn the following (supposedly rainy) morning.|