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The Digital Photography Group

Leader:  John Howlett - digphoto@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 461774

The Digital Photography Group meets to help people understand their cameras, how to best use them, how to save and back-up their photos
and all those technical things we don't quite understand but also to get out and take better pictures!

Future programme

Thu 2nd May10:00 am Church interiors. Location TBD.Meet at Winchester Way
Thu 6th Jun9:45 amHolme Pierre Point Country Park.Meet at Winchester Way for Car share

4th April

Five of us went to the Attenborough Nature Reserve south west of Nottingham to see what we could see. It was a very cold and blowy day, but we had a good hour of wandering about this superb facility trying to catch glimpses of rare birds.

The facility is based around the Centre which is on an island, with spurs off into the surrounding lakes. Overall it is vast, so we concentrated on locations within easy walking distance of the Centre and its cafe. There was still a great deal of wildlife activity to see.

Among the birds we caught sight of were Tufted Ducks, Red Crested Pochards (quite rare this far north it seems) the spectacular Egyptian Goose (at least two breeding couples with young) a Heron and Sand Martins. These latter were concentrated at a large wall next to the main hide and devilish hard to photograph.

There were plenty of the usual suspects, such as swans, ducks, coots,geese and Canada Geese. Sightings of a Golden Eagle and an Albatross have been discounted.

We had plenty of opportunity to try out our techniques, but with frozen fingers welcomed the obligatory cafe stop.

Photos by JH, JD and Steve