I went back to Nai Chung today as I wanted to have another go at the egret. When I arrived it was not there but after 20 minutes or so it landed in almost exactly the same position as it was in yesterday. Egrets are clearly creatures of habit and not early risers. Perhaps it had already breakfasted as its sole occupation seemed to be preening. I took some shots but none has moved me to process it yet. There were also some wagtails around, both Grey and White. I decided to set up my walk stool and see if the waggies would come close.
At this point my HK$44,000 1Dx Canon body decided to freeze and it refused to do anything. I checked all the obvious problem areas but no joy. I switched the camera off and on. Twice. No good. I removed the battery and put it back in again. Bingo. Except the settings were moved and I discovered it had altered my exposure compensation to -2. Good grief, Canon. When will you sell me a product that doesn’t have problems?
I eventually ended up with 2.5 images that are blog-worthy but not ‘keepers’ in the true sense.
First, the White Wagtail. Motacilla alba leucopsis.
Then the Grey Wagtail. I quite like the upper shot. Not sure about the lower one. I suspect I shall bin it. There were other common birds around: Daurian Redstart, Red-flanked Bluetail, Common Sandpiper, a couple of Treepies were heard near the BBQ site and a very distant flock of tiny waders piqued my interest. I will go back later in the week and see if they are nearer. No Komodo Dragons today. A trip to the big city tomorrow.
That just leaves me to wish my pal Steve Gingold a very happy birthday. Have a good day, Steve.