But an excuse, nevertheless, to rush down to Brandon Marsh for an evening of birding and playing with my new digiscoping / vidiscoping kit.
No Greenshank-like excitement on East Marsh this time, nor Hobbies at the Alban reedbeds. Instead I was able to grab some nice footage and images of close-to Oystercatchers, a Common Tern on a not-too-distant perch, and then spend a bit of time sketching these and others.
So the Common Tern first, as a short video (spoiler: the (modest) action sequence is at 00:53):
And then, because I can, as an animated gif. You won't be surprised to learn that there's an app for that :-)
The Oystercatchers were more of a challenge - they wouldn't stop moving! If I'm to catch video footage in those circumstances then I might need a steadier, more fluid tripod head. But in the meantime, here's a couple of jpgs and another gif.
Other birding highlights included 4 Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover on the main island, and two Green Sandpipers at Teal Pool,