Withy Wood Pool Moorehen and Chicks
Early yesterday morning I went over to Withy Wood Pool, just to see what was going on. I approached slowly through a flooded willow copse, with the sun to my left, to the edge of the pool where I stayed hidden in the shade. I scanned the area through binoculars. A kingfisher, perched on a bow-shaped withy rising from the water at the far left of Withy Wood treeline and returning a few metres further on, stared into the water below. Two Canada geese swam lazily ten or so metres from where I stood. A coot and her chicks whizzed across the pool to the safety of the wood, and a couple of deer waded through the scrub to my far right.
The light was excellent, and I felt that the developing scene would have made a lovely short video. I was ill-equipped for the job, so I watched until a mallard took noisily to the air and frightened the other animals away.
This morning was sunny and cool again, so I grabbed my dslr with a 500mm telephoto lens attached and made for the pool hoping for a similar scene to photograph. Of course, when I arrived, there wasn’t much activity, except for the coot, her chicks, and a couple of mallards. Anyway, I had a go at filming the scene with my dslr. It was difficult to see the lcd screen, but this is the video I shot.