Wet day in Washington

By mrswoolybill
Washington Wetlands lived up to its name. (By the way, when did it cease to be Washington Wildfowl Trust? And why do serious places have to sound like adventure theme parks these days?)
It was a grim grey day, though not quite as bad as had been forecast. I went with our local Nature Watch group. Feathers 'n' fur are not my thing, but I treated this as an interesting exercise. I shall upload a job lot all together to avoid prolonging the embarrassment, although I do have one more upload to come. It's feathered but inanimate.
V1 Fiona (flowerpower59) and I were fascinated by the flamingos. Unlike the rest of what was on offer, they looked really good against muddy water. This one was tricky, it's straight (check the reflections of the flamingos' legs), but the trees above are windblown and stand at an angle, so their reflections don't look straight...
V2 More reflections, mandarin ducks this time.
V3 - A red-beaked black swan.
V4 Feeding time for the otters.
V5 Schoolchildren watching the otters. This is much more my sort of wildlife...
Thanks for looking,

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Fabulous capture with amazing reflections Smile

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
7 Apr 2014 8:21AM
A most unexpected set of pleasing images.

AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
7 Apr 2014 8:28AM

prolonged embarrassment!
what are you on about!

One of the nice things, I think anyway, about wet and windy days is that the lines and texture stands out more and it certainly does in these images Moira. I love the water droplets on the swan's head and the shape of the log that the otter is sitting on. Not bad for someone who doesn't do fur and feathers!!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
7 Apr 2014 8:31AM
A super set, Moira, I love those flamingoes, such a gorgeous colour, and they create wonderful reflections. Carol
7 Apr 2014 8:37AM
Fair enough you'd have been happier if you could've found a patch of nice stinging nettles, or something in a shallow grave, but these aren't half bad, Moira. The Otter's cute, but the Black Swan's the standout image here... very classy.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:42AM
funnily I couldnt decide between flamingo or black swan....Wink
mine are a stronger colour... as we know its the diet.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
7 Apr 2014 9:10AM
"always separate your colours before washing!!" GrinGrin
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 9:16AM
I used to take the kids here when they were small the Flamingoes were always the first port of call, from there everything seemed to go down hill...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 9:41AM
Fine set of images. Ted. GrinGrin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 10:05AM
Excellent set, Moira, I'm drawn to versions 3 & 4.

7 Apr 2014 10:14AM
A fabulous set of images.
7 Apr 2014 11:09AM
Excellent Moira. Love the swan most of all......it's a "macro thing" can't help myself Blush
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
7 Apr 2014 11:52AM
Yes,i did think the uploads were a bit ''unMoira'' like,
until I came to the last one !!
A change to see so well done for that.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 11:58AM

Quote:One of the nice things, I think anyway, about wet and windy days is that the lines and texture stands out more

Grey weather certainly works with colours (naturally saturated... ) and textures, not so sure about wind helping!

Quote:Fair enough you'd have been happier if you could've found a patch of nice stinging nettles, or something in a shallow grave, but these aren't half bad, Moira.

Something in a shallow grave... Hmmm... I'm getting ideas...

Quote:prolonged embarrassment... what are you on about!

I have a reputation to protect.
Cheers everyone. I like to surprise you occasionally. But humans are my idea of wildlife, I'll be back with them tomorrow.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
7 Apr 2014 12:12PM
For someone who doesn't often do "nature shots" these are simply fabulous. The colors are wonderful, thanks to the overcast light. V2 is my favorite, followed closely by v3. Both are exceptional shots.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 Apr 2014 12:39PM
V1 is very cool with nearly all their heads bowed, like they are saying morning prayers. V3 is a great close-up, and then V5, where you've shown an expression and a windy day. Those are my favourites. A good set though.
Nigeve1 Plus
5 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 1:41PM
Great set of images, Moira. I like the Black Swan best.


By the way, when did it cease to be Washington Wildfowl Trust?

Washington is still part or the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust which has kept the same name, so far as I am aware, since it was founded by Peter Scott in the 1940's. I think that most of their reserves have the suffix wetland centre e.g. Caelaverock Wetland Centre, Slimbridge Wetland Centre etc. I think Wildfowl Trust was just shortened from Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The organisation does seem to have played more on the term Wetlands Centre in more recent years, for what reason, I don't know.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 1:48PM
Thanks for the background Nigel. I used to go to Slimbridge regularly as a child, and it was always the Wildfowl Trust, no frills. The current name reminds me just a bit too much of the unlamented Wet N Wild at North Shields...
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
7 Apr 2014 2:12PM
Plenty of birds at Wet N Wild Moira.........Not always easy to get these flamingos the way you want them as there is rather a lot of them. I'll go with picture no 3 as my favourite.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Apr 2014 2:28PM
A great wildlife set!
JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
7 Apr 2014 3:47PM
I love the use of reflection, and the light on the water. A good reward for sallying forth on such a wet day.
7 Apr 2014 4:41PM
Well Moria, for me a novice photographer I'm in awe of your photos, I hope one day I'll be able to get just one great photo..for me they are wonderful Smile
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
7 Apr 2014 5:59PM
Well, coming out of the closet and uploading pink doesn't seem to have hurt too much, Moira. At least you can sleep better now.Wink
I gave a bird image a GEA last week, but am coming to terms with it through therapy.Grin

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 6:11PM
Hercules, thanks for a lovely compliment - I've learned so much from the site, keep participating here and you will learn too.
Malc, I have another pink upload to come some time. Pass me the address of your therapist...
Cheers everyone, better go and feed Bill now.
7 Apr 2014 6:17PM
A delightful set, Moira.

7 Apr 2014 6:27PM
A very well taken and chosen set Moira, so unlike your normal; style, but VERY pleasing to the Eye indeed.

John Smile
7 Apr 2014 6:34PM
Excellent work, great captures!
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
7 Apr 2014 6:51PM
A wonderful set Moira, 2,3 and 4 are superb. Pity they're not your preferred subjects, they seem to like your camera.
Excellent work.

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 7:37PM
Excellent set MoiraSmile

SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:06PM
5 lovely images with V3 my favourite. SmileSmile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 Apr 2014 8:24PM
Preferred subject or not you can still see the attention to composition, exposure and dof.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 8:37PM
I suspect that you can probably take pictures of absolutely anything, Moira, but simply have your preferences. These birdie pics show your versatility, and V1 is particularly pleasing.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2014 9:39PM
Nice variety of images and I especially like the flamingo reflections.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 Apr 2014 3:11AM
An amazing set, Moira. Each image is excellent and well framed, especially the first one. I love the way you reserved a large space for the reflections.
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
8 Apr 2014 7:36AM
mandarin duck & reflection is a delight
8 Apr 2014 5:44PM
lovely set
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Apr 2014 5:40PM
An excellent and varied set of images from your day out at your local wetlands centre Moira, v2 of the mandarin duck and drake and v5 of the young boy with a look of wonderment on his face are my favourites. I agree with you regards to the name of the place, Slimbridge is now known as Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. I tend to avoid the main grounds when I visit unless aiming to take shots of people interacting with some of the tame birds, and usually visit the hides and quiet corners where you see wild birds.

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