Friday finally saw my 500mm f/4 Lens go off for it’s tripod mount collar repair and even though I’m going to miss the beginning of the spring/summer season whilst it is on its trip to Barcelona, I am still preparing for its return.
Today, I went on a scouting mission to find where the local European Bee-eaters are starting to nest build and it if you know what you are looking for, it didn’t take too long. Although there was no real evidence of new nest building at this location, I sat under a nearby Oak tree and waited. 20 minutes later a pair arrived. I was sat in full view of them, but they didn’t seem too bothered. I did have my “walkabout” lens (the trusty Nikon 80-400mm) so did manage to shoot a few photos before I left them to their colony building.
My view of their flight wasn’t great as it was into the sun, but did shoot this back-lit shot with the sun’s rays shining through the wings.
The pair soon settled together and this is where I then left them to start their colony building.
All this is happening just a few hundred meters from the quinta. I will be approaching the land owner to request their permission to erect a temporary hide here. This land is actually for sale, if only my wallet was deep enough!
On Friday morning, just before I packed my 500mm lens away for its journey to Spain, I did manage to get a great shot of a male who briefly visited the garden. Hopefully, the repair will be quick enough to capture the local colony which this year is again low on numbers.
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