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Farlington Marshes, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Reserve for Birding and photography.


Farlington Marshes, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Reserve
for birding and photography


Farlington Marshes nature reserve can afford excellent opportunities for bird photography, it is easily accessed and has long been a favourite haunt for local birders and photographers.


Spotted Crake, Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 500mm f4.5. f4.5. 1/160sec, ISO500

Farlington Marshes nature reserve can afford excellent opportunities for bird photography, it is easily accessed and has long been a favourite haunt for local birders and photographers. Access is limited to the seawall, point field and bushes and this ensures that the majority of the reserve remains undisturbed. The birds and wildlife seem accustomed to a human presence on the seawall and can be viewed and photographed from here, leaving the majority of the area to the wildlife.






Black-tailed Godwit
, Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400mm f5.6.
f5.6. 1/2000sec, ISO400

The main draw for me is probably the lake at the north-west end of the reserve not far from the main carpark, though birds here can be some distance away, this is a great place to see roosting waders particularly in late summer and autumn and on the best days and highest tides there can be large numbers of birds as they are forced to roost at the lake when the highest tides make areas elsewhere in the harbours unsuitable. Given the right weather, wind and light conditions waders arriving and returning to the lake at high tide can be successfully photographed in flight, bear in mind that waders and waterfowl using the lake are likely to vacate it once the tide drops and they can feed again on the saltmarsh, they are likely to fly off into the wind, so with a high tide at the right time of day you should be able to confidently place yourself with the light behind you and the likely flightpath of the bird in front of you!


Oystercatcher, Canon EOS 7D, Canon 400mm f5.6. f5.6. 1/2000sec, ISO320
The reserve also affords excellent opportunities to photograph waterfowl and passerines due to the variety of habitat, both on the land within the reserve and the adjoining, Langstone Harbour.

Whitethroat
, Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 500m f4.5. f5.6. 1/800sec, ISO400

Birds such as Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat are fairly numerous and give themselves up fairly easily, they are most easily photographed when singing in the springtime, please be aware that by lingering in the breeding territory of any bird, you may not only be agitating it but preventing it from accessing its nest or feeding its young.


Meadow Pipit, Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 500mm f4.5. f5.6. 1/2000sec, ISO400

During the winter the reserve and adjoining harbour will hold large numbers of waders and waterfowl many of which come to feed in the reserve and can often be photographed successfully with patience from the seawall.

Farlington Marshes HWT reserve website


Richard Ford
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