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Tranquility

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Tranquility

Perfect overnight conditions meant for a pretty spectacular misty morning spent on the Cambridgeshire Fens. 

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A Marsh Harrier Kinda Morning

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A Marsh Harrier Kinda Morning

A few mornings ago I was up bright and breezy (well I was after a large caffeine injection) and out into the morning mist. I had decided to stay reasonably local and check out one of the local Fens no more than 3 miles from where I live. It's actually also a favourite spot of mine when I need to get a few miles on softer ground into my week's running schedule. Marsh Harrier [Male] with Nest Material I was actually on the trail of the illusive Watervole (partly to do with photography and partly to do with a survey that I am taking part in)

Marsh Harrier [Female]Sadly no voles to speak of, but my morning was certainly not a waste as I was able to watch a pair of Marsh Harriers flying for around an hour. Watched the male pass the female a few items of prey as well, which is part of their courtship routine. Such beautiful birds and I'm always happy to see them right on my local patch.

Marsh Harrier in Flight I really hope they are successful in breeding this season. Always an absolute joy to watch.

The image below is actually one from last year this time down at Burwell Fen. I love watching birds of prey hunt over the misty fens. Very evocative, don't you think?

Female Marsh Harrier Over Burwell Fen

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Why The Long Face?

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Why The Long Face?

Spent a good few hours down at Burwell fen [dawn and sunset] yesterday. Such different conditions, with a heavy fog engulfing the place in the morning, and a beautiful tranquil sunset bathing everything in rich golden light by evening. One of the things I love about Burwell Fen are the Konik Ponies, especially on atmospheric misty mornings. Their calls sweeping across the vast openness, adding a sense of wildness to the place. Konik Ponies of Burwell Fen

They are pretty friendly and despite getting sneezed on a few times it was wonderful to spend 30 minutes with them as they had wandered over to the fence to check me out.

Why the Long Face

They are the perfect subject for some Fisheye fun [Shot on the Samyang Fisheye 8mm] although the one above came a little too close which helped with the distortion of the face. It was shortly after this image was taken I got a little wet (and green). I think one was perhaps getting a little too excited about the conditions. 

Checking Me Out

All images shot on the Fuji XE2 - the top one with the Toy-Camera (in camera) setting. The other two are pretty much direct out of camera jpg shots.

Booming Bitterns, Cuckoos Calling, Barn Owls hunting silently though the mist. What a fantastic tonic for the soul.

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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

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Breaking Dawn [Burwell Fen]

Beautiful conditions earlier in the year down at Burwell Fen - a location I hope to spend a heck of a lot more time at over the coming months. Breaking Dawn

It can be quite difficult to frame a half decent landscape photo in the this part of the world, with lots of flat open space. Then again that also appeals to me from the challenge point of view as the landscape, in these parts, is quite unique and can uncover something different than the normal landscape photographs we see.  Certain conditions, especially with the shapes of the clouds, can make for some nice big sky photography.

Shot with the Fuji XE2 and Samyang 12mm combo - my goto combo for landscape photography. I also just picked up a RRS 55 Ball Head and L-Shape bracket and am really looking forward to using these two in my Fuji landscape adventure going forward.

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