Spent a rainy afternoon at Belvide Reservoir.
12.05.07 | Dodging the showers at Belvide
Saturday afternoon at Belvide was a mixture of bright skies and sudden down-pours.
My friend Anthony, Anthony's Father-in-Law Peter and myself arrived around midday. The showers meant that most of the day was spent in the hides on the south shore.
We were treated with the occasional bright spell and managed to get some shots of a Great Crested Grebe nesting near to the hide, also Reed Warbler.
Whitethroat on the edge of the reeds teased us, but never stayed long enough for a picture.
Anthony brought along his EOS 30D and Sigma 50-500mm resting on a bean bag on the edge of the hide window, whilst Peter tried out his new fantastic, home made digiscope adapter! He has custom built it to fit his Opticron scope and Canon Ixus 900Ti, It worked amazingly well allowing the camera to be angled away when not in use and incorporated a cable shutter release.
The Canon Ixus 900Ti looks like a cracking little camera, even with the external zoom lens set at the widest there was no vignetting.
I also took along my Canon EOS 400D and 75-300USM lens, plus a 2x converter doubled the magnification. I got some reasonable shots, but would have been a lot better with the use of a bean bag for stability.