Monday, 25 August 2014

Wet, Wet ..... Wet.

Despite the overcast conditions this morning we decided to get some fresh air and drove the short distance to Bushy Park. On arrival the rain was fairly heavy so we waited a while and when it abated to a fine drizzle we grabbed the brolly and approached the pond.

Just as I prepared to take a few shots of the resident young Grey Heron the heavens opened once more and the brolly couldn't keep both of us and the gear dry!

Initially I thought "this is crazy weather to attempt any shots" but the overriding opportunity of being this close to a Grey Heron without it immediately flying away doesn't happen very often so why not fire away.

The Grey Heron had a totally waterproof outer layer and wasn't at all concerned by the downpour so carried on about its business. With very little wind the rain was well set in so we decided to take cover, return home, dry out and eventually publish the 750th post on this blog.   FAB.

Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY hosted by Stewart.

26 comments:

  1. I especially like the expression in your first shot! A beautiful bird indeed.

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  2. Hopefully you've dried out by now, Frank...LOL! I have been in similar situations and return home looking like a bedraggled mop, says the old man! Herons are one of my favs so this one, even in the rain, was worth it!!!...:)JP

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  3. He is a beauty. Congratulations on your 750th post, Frank!

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  4. Hij heeft daar een prachtige stek Frank.

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  5. Good shots of this handsome bird even in the rain!

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  6. Superb images under challenging conditions Frank.

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  7. beautiful images Frank, even in the rain.

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  8. Beautiful photos of the heron! It's been raining a lot here too.

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  9. Wonderful Photos! Very creative mosaic!

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  10. Wow, these are awesome shots! Even with the rain...

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  11. Love these shots in the rain, Frank! Herons are one of my favorite subjects.

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  12. I like seeing the Gray Heron in the rain! Great shots!

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  13. Great! The bird looks quite happy with the weather and I like the way the drops of rain are bouncing off the water!

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  14. Are you kidding me? These are awesome shots in the rain!!! Wonderful.

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  15. Wonderful to see this blue heron. Beautiful bright and beautiful compositions.
    Beautiful to see.
    Greetings, Helma

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  16. Great to be able to take such good close shots of the Grey Heron. You didn't say who / which won the shelter of the brolly, people or equipment ;)

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    1. Neither really although Anita was slightly better off!

      Cheers John.

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  17. Hi Everyone.

    Many thanks for all your visits and comments.

    I'm pleased to report that everything dried out fairly quickly although I can't speak for the Heron BUT the rain showers continue on a daily basis!

    Cheers ... FAB.

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  18. Glad things have dried out successfully. Nice wet shots. Like the splashing shots.

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  19. Great pictures and glad everything dried out.

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  20. Good for you for taking advantage of that rainy opportunity! While I am always keeping track of my birds, I have no idea how many posts i have done, LOL! Now I will have to check! Congrats to you on 750!

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  21. Really like that last shot - wonderful texture from the rain. No bad weather, just missed chances!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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