Wife and I had spoken of regular trips to the river and nature reserve to see the development of spring, but the lure of extra sleep was too much this morning for someone. But I made it out before 7:00 on what was actually a really nice morning - a brief gap in the recent rain.
Armed with another bag of bread crust, one aim was to see what might be tempted to rise this time. In the first swim I tried, at least 10 pieces of crust were taken, but downstream, interest seemed to peter out and very few takes occured. I haven't caught a chub on floating crust for about 20 years - that would make a good video later this year.
My goal at Chimney was to get some film of deer, but none appeared in the 90 minutes I was at the hide. I did get a brief film of a blackcap in the hedge, plus a short clip of a moorhen leading 3 chicks along the stream. A couple of sightings of deer, but too far away to film. And then when I did get close to one, I accidentally switched the record function off and missed a decent few minutes of film.
Back by the river and an odd sight - 45 swans gather together at the bottom of the field, all feeding on the grass. Quite rare that you see so many together. This gave me an idea for another video clip of just them, so I shot about 20 minutes of them from a variety of view points, which might be interesting.
Further upstream again, I managed to get about 20 seconds of a heron sitting on a branch in the river, including a shot of it taking off. Attempts to get a clip of ducks taking off have proved quite tricky, but I may have got a single clip of about 5 seconds. I also attempted to film a kite in the air, but had difficulties keeping it in view and in focus. Still not really sure how the auto-focus works.
So now I have enough film for about 3 more video projects. Firstly, the various birds coming to our feeders in the garden. Secondly, the swans. Thirdly, the current Chimney Meadows film, though this needs more deer and perhaps another heron clip.