This evening about 16 members travelled to Henley to hear Dickie Duckett’s Wild Life presentation of his travels to Bosque del Apache – US Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, Svalbard, namely Spizbergen – Arctic Island and native birds from areas in this country.
The photos were truly remarkable showing wonderful shots of Starlings, Kingfishers, Corncrake, a Crested Tit and many more.
From The Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, we were shown Cranes in huge numbers. They come into feed in the cornfield along with the Snow Geese, at the centre. They spend the Winter there. My favourite was a Sandhill Crane taking off on a frozen lake. It looked just as though it was skating. Other birds from this region included an extraordinary looking Gambell’s Quail, a very pretty male House Finch with a pinky head and chest, an American Goldfinch, a Western Bluebird and numerous others.
From the Svalbard photos there were Little Auks, Guillemots perched on rafts of ice, Snow Bunting, Waders and Gulls. Polar Bears, Whales, Seals and many Seabirds featured in the presentation.
I feel I need to go back to the drawing board on how to take images, everything was so clear, sharp, beautifully presented with sympathetic backgrounds. An excellent evening and enjoyed by everyone, the time seemed to rush by. A big thank you Dickie and Henley Photographic Club.