Last weekend I visited Bath for the first time and on Monday I was walking along the River Avon when I said to Sue something along the lines of “with all these churches around there should be peregrines.” A few minutes later I spotted the tell tail shape and flight of a falcon. As I got closer I was treated to some close up views of two peregrine falcons, calling away. The light was not good and against the rather grey sky so a nice photo full of detail was out the question. |So I shot a few silhouette type shots in which the slight blue tint to the sky shows OK.
I then crossed the bridge and looked up towards the building were I believed one of the birds had landed. I eventually spotted its tail briefly poking out over a ledge. After walking round to get a better angle and watching for a few minutes it posed in a better position.
It briefly took flight at one point and I grabbed a couple of shots before my battery failed. One of the downsides of having a a battery that lasts for 100s of shots is you forget you have to change them sometimes! On the upside in that moment the sun had just about started to break through the cloud so there is actually some light under the bird and some detail visible after a bit of lighting of the shadows.
It sat on the building for 5 or 10 more minutes and I was briefly distracted by something at ground level, at which point it flew off! Always the way! Mind you it had started to try and rain so good shots were probably unlikely, shooting against a grey sky once again.
In not-really-related news I have relaunched my you tube channel featuring many wildlife videos and timelapses here: UK Wildlife YouTube channel