Lunch at Martin Mere.

I spent a couple of hours at Martin Mere this afternoon, getting to grips (photographically) with my new camera. It just happened to coincide with the Swan feeding.
I’m also trying to get my head around Photoshop Elements, so fingers crossed these photos turn out ok. (This is my first attempt at adding photos to a blog too!).

GRUB UP!

’Follow me Lads!

Whoah . . . I’m off!

Grain wasn’t good enough for this Lesser Black-backed Gull . . . he fancied duck for HIS lunch!

Comments

7 Feb, 2011
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johnponting said:

You seem to have mastered PSE already - the missing arm is almost seamless.

Looks like you had a good couple of hours.

8 Feb, 2011
Fulmar_cropped
bulbaholic said:

Cricky, I have never seen so many swans, what is the collective noun? Very nice pictures, Muddy, I assume that you used the good old cropping tool for the portrait. I find that I just use the cropping tool and, very occaisionaly, lighten or darken highlights in a picture.

8 Feb, 2011
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muddywalters said:

Thanks JP and Bulbaholic for your comments. I've always thought the collective noun for a group of Swans was a 'Herd', so I Googled it and was surprised to find all of these :-

swans - a gaggle of swans
swans (flying) - a wedge of swans
swans - a bank of swans
swans - a bevy of swans
swans - a whiteness of swans
swans - a herd of swans
swans - an eyrar of swans
swans - a gargle of swans

8 Feb, 2011
Fulmar_cropped
bulbaholic said:

Oops, sorry I asked ;-)

8 Feb, 2011
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hobbit said:

Fantastic pics of so many Swans together. Lovely. : o )

8 Feb, 2011
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aster said:

All beauties Muddy ! You must have taken hundreds of photo's :))

8 Feb, 2011
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jane said:

Never seen so many birds together in one sitting Muddy ! Lovely place...no wonder Gillblair loves it so much !
I only knew of a bevy of swans so thanks for all the info !!

8 Feb, 2011
Dipper
david said:

Are they Whooper Swans? Great pics, Muddy!!!

Enjoyed the " seamingly armless" bit, John! :-D))

I only ever heard of a "bevy of swans", too, Jane.

Am wondering, Muddy, if you could copy and paste your list of names for groups of swans as a comment under my earlier blog "Birds of a Feather Flock Together - or, do they?", which is about the names for flocks of birds?

If you can't, would you permit me to try this, and give reference to this blog? They are all very interesting! :-))

PS. Am getting to grips with a new camera, myself.

9 Feb, 2011
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donna said:

Realy lovely photos

9 Feb, 2011
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muddywalters said:

Thank you for your encouraging comments.

11 Feb, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Lovely blog Muddy and what a great job to have .. visited Slimbridge many years ago and reminds me of images from there.

Autumn/winter probably the best time to catch wildfowl .. thanks for swan update some new ones there for me too.

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