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The South East Group head for Arundel - Another successful meeting for the now very active South East
Thread started in 'Members meetings and events'. Time and date announced. Call for participants made. List of gunna's and maybe's compiled. Dated arrived and set off for venue. Cafeteria invaded and taken over by bodies and camera bags. Staff bewildered! Familiar sounding story? Well yes, but no matter how many of these ePHOTOzine get together's you go on, there is always something different happening.
And the meeting of ePHOTOziner's at WWT Arundel on Sunday 11th July was to end up being quite different! Some of the usual culprits were joined by some new ones. As this was the most westerly meeting to date of the Motley Crew, we were joined by Brian Wadie (Brian1208) and Nick Hobbs (Hobbs) who had trundled in from Essex.. Apologies were received from Dave Newton (onewildworld) loosely related to EOS Magazine and waffle, and Alison Prince (AliP) whose pushbike refused to make the trip! (BTW congrats to Dave on the new job and to Ali on finding the ONLY way to avoid having her pic taken!)
|The group left to right Nick Hobbs (Hobbs), Ian Andrews (Characterboats), Brian Wadie (Brian1208), Ron Reeves (Ronr), Tony Marsh(Marsa), Terry Longley (Boyd-Longley), Siobhan Boyd-Longley (Fizz), Fran French (Daffydil56), and kneeling, Mike Taylor (Greyheron53) Shirley Andrews (Shirley), Shaon Boyd (Aunt Sally)|
Despite the weather having been decidedly dodgy all morning, a break in the drizzle appeared as soon as the introductions were over and an amble around the site was completed with no-one getting wet (apart from the numerous ducks in the area)
A number of visitors that were not related to this Motley bunch did wonder why a number of photographers were peering into a small reed bed from every angle possible. Those that were intrigued enough to ask were told of a pair of baby warblers perched within, waiting to be fed by Mum!
Lunch was had and the second circuit was less fortunate with the weather. One group, who were cooped up in a hide to get away from the rain, were treated to a number of Great Tits, Coal tits and Blue tits on a couple of feeders. These birds were then displaced, to the delight of the photogs, by a Greater spotted woodpecker. This being a much greater prize, the hide exploded in a cacophony of flashes as they tried to up their shutter speeds. Shortly after the woody had flown, and the photogs were reviewing like mad, the place erupted in laughter as the one female snapper in the hut was heard to say "My tits are better than this woodpecker!"
Back at base, (Base is always the cafeteria, by this time manned by Sharon (Aunt Sally) and Shirley, for those who don't know) people were arriving back, and one or two who had to get off departed proclaiming a good day and requesting details of the next.. Feet were rested as those who were left arrived back, and, true to tradition, the staff ended up clearing up aroud us before the final push out of the door.
WWT Arundel had not been easy to find, and more than one of the assembled had got lost on the way in. "Who knows the way back to the motorway" went up the cry, and Terry (Boyd-Longley) was identified as the most likely to get it right. So, a few moments before 5.30pm, when the gates of the car park closed, five vehicles pulled out one after the other. Bumper to bumper they passed through the village of Arundel, over traffic lights, (about 3 sets), around roundabouts (at least 9) for 31 miles to the M23 and during the whole journey only one other vehicle got in between them. Mind you, that was a black BMW, and we all know who owns one of them! Even 10 miles further on, at the junction of the M25, where differing directions were eventually taken, the five were still in sight of each other!
All in all, another great day out with a slightly unusual ending which
would be difficult, if not impossible to duplicate!