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Can you see me?

By Gerryrys
The other day I set up my makeshift hide in the middle of a bog adjacent to a small brackish pond. On this occasion I was intent on snapping a kingfisher that I had observed visiting the pond regularly whilst I watched from some distance away. My hide comprises a folding picnic chair and a large piece of green camouflaged net curtain which I drape over myself. There is a slit cut into the curtain through which my lens pokes out.

This Heath Robinson hide works remarkably well. The birds donít seem to see me. Sometimes I see them! People often pass by, remarkably close. They donít appear to see me either. Either that or they have seen me and are discreetly ignoring the strange man sat in the middle of nowhere under a net curtain. Sometimes I get some pictures, the mozzies get a good meal and everyone goes home happy.

I set myself up and sat and waited. After three and a half hours my legs had gone to sleep and the legs of my chair were starting to sink. I was just about to pack up and seek refuge elsewhere when this little chap swam past. The least I could do was take his picture. He is a juvenile moorhen and hasnít got his bright red beak yet.

Alas, like me you will have to wait for the elusive kingfisher.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


Tags: Moorhen Wildlife and nature

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 9:29AM
A rather nice narrative, supported beautifully by this gorgeous image. Pin sharp focusing, wonderful warming light, and an extremely crisp and well defined reflection.

Regards Nathan

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
21 Sep 2012 10:10AM
Love the write up GrinGrin and a good image at the end of the day.

21 Sep 2012 10:57AM
Ah, yes. The story behind the pictures. Smile
A charming image.
A lovely capture especially the eye with a magic reflection.
Well done. WesternRed.
footloose 7 1 England
21 Sep 2012 11:10AM
Worth the wait, nice one.

Tibetan 5 3 England
21 Sep 2012 11:10AM
My legs could go to sleep for this shot any day, very nice and great reflection love it,regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 11:13AM
Hahahahhahahaaa....................... So funnyGrinGrinGrinGrin
Great image tooGrin
21 Sep 2012 11:30AM
Excellent shot
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
21 Sep 2012 12:06PM
A cracking write up and an ever crackier image with that reflection sharper than a lot of my images.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 12:20PM
Cracking image as we have come to expect from youWink I was fascinated by the the description and was glad your perseverance and improvisation paid offSmile I hope you find your KF soon GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 1:19PM
Great shot Gerry.
21 Sep 2012 2:38PM
Yes, I canTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue!!!!!!! Beautiful reflection I must say, Gerry!!!!!!!! AniaWink
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 3:16PM
Great shotSmile
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 5:58PM
Admire your patience Gerry Grin
cleg 8 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 7:35PM
Good shot Gerry
21 Sep 2012 7:49PM
Cracking image mate and well done on the HC yesterday Smile
21 Sep 2012 7:59PM
Superb and sharp capture here, excellent work Gerry.
21 Sep 2012 8:03PM
Excellent image Gerry. Superb reflection.

22 Sep 2012 5:32PM
Excellent capture Gerry, nice reflection,
22 Sep 2012 9:05PM
A lovely capture, great write up
22 Sep 2012 11:39PM
Very nicely captured with a great reflection. Like your write-up too. Smile

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
23 Sep 2012 3:11PM
Super shot Gerry, love the refection and enjoyed your write up too,
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 7:07PM
Such a long wait for you, but you obviously found it worthwhile, love the reflection.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 8:27PM
Great shot. Love the reflection.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Sep 2012 10:15PM
your hide sounds a lot like my garden hide. Consists of a French army mozzie net and an old garden brollie.
And here is a great reward for your patience.
I think I will upgrade my hide this winter with a picnic chair Smile

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