I'm not usually the jealous type, I just want to enjoy the wildlife and hopefully take a few pics to be proud of, The last few times i've visited Anton Lakes LNR i've seen or heard the Kingfishers, the shallower pool is only about 30 yards from the Car Park, sociable chap that I am, I strike up conversation with a Photographer there, Camera and Airbus Sized Lens set up on his tripod, Second Jumbo Jet Lens and camera resting on the ground!
So there's me feeling all inadequate to be even starting a conversation about Photography with someone who probably has way more expertise and a damn sight more money to spend! And I'm a little bit jealous, i mean why does he need two? Yes two ridiculously huge telephoto's. We talk about the Kingfisher's and how he's seen two today so far, and that they don't seem to want to play ball. He proceeds to show me a picture, all the while complaining about the lighting, the distance and pretty much everything else he could think of. And all the while I'm thinking to myself, id be so proud of that shot. I guess I'm easily pleased!
Anyway rant over, after leaving the guy crying over what might have been, I wandered down the footpath along the circular route. Baring in mind that Anton Lakes slots in between two of Andover's more famous (rough) housing estates. Sunshine for a change bringing out a lot more dog walkers than I'm accustomed to seeing, Lots of Smaller Birds calling in the trees, but a little bit hesitant to come out, but that might have been due to the Female Sparrowhawk circling above..
A lot of Moorhens all the way around the area, but this one caught my eye with quite a nice reflection on the shallower stream heading off towards the meadows.
5 mins drive back. I heard one call, a quick flash of Aqua blue, a pretty speedy skim across the top of the water, and gone! Kingfisher Excitement and Anti climax all in one notion.