Welcome to the September edition of my photographic exploits.
It was a very busy month with numerous visits to my local reserves of RSPB Otmoor and Farmoor reservoir trying to catch the various migrating birds that stop over on their way back South for the Winter. Also I made three visits to Santa Pod Raceway which were the final events of 2021 for me. Roll on 2022 when things hopefully will be back to normal!!
Drag racing at Santa Pod Raceway
Purple sandpiper. A rare migrant which stopped off at Farmoor reservoir, Oxfordshire.
During September we have witnessed some great sunsets here in Oxfordshire. I'm not a big fan of landscape photography so I try and find some willing wildlife that will pose for me at sunrise/sunset! The herons at Farmoor are ideal and their silhouette is easily recognisable.
Once a month I like to visit the wetland centre at Slimbridge and the Hawk conservancy trust in Hampshire. Both great places for beginners and experts to practise their photography. You can also get up close and personal to the wildlife.
Pink-backed pelican at Slimbridge wetland centre, Gloucestershire.
Peregrine falcon - The fastest animal on the planet at the Hawk conservancy, Hampshire.
Siberian eagle owl at the Hawk conservancy
Lately I've been researching new local places to visit for my nature photography. As I've only been in Oxfordshire for the last three years I'm still trying to find my way about. I've found a few which I'm hopefully going to visit soon. Next month the annual 'deer rut' will be under way. This year I wont be visiting the London parks as much but I will be trying a new location in Leicestershire. Bradgate Park is a public park in Charnwood Forest, in Leicestershire which I have wanted to visit for a few years. The plan was to do a 'recce' at the end of September but it meant queuing for petrol so I ended up local!
October will be all about the 'deer rut', maybe some fungi photography and a car show!
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