Monday, 20 May 2013

Lapwing's Nest and Camera Advice Please

Pry House Farm is a haven for bird watchers.  We have birds of every description here but particularly lots and lots of ground nesting birds.  I have walked through our pastures many times with lapwings and curlews swooping and calling a warning overhead but I have never come across a nest.  The birds generally build their nests in amongst clumps of rushes making it even harder to spot them however this lapwing's nest is on open ground, in quite an exposed place.  I keep wondering if the lapwing in question is a new mum, yet to develop the skill of choosing a discrete place to lay her eggs and hopefully, rear her young. Despite its position in the middle of the field it is surprisingly difficult to see unless you know exactly where it is.  
I am keeping my fingers crossed that she succeeds in hatching her eggs and rearing some chicks.  If she does I will keep you updated and this is where my plea for help with some camera advice comes in.  There is so much wildlife here that I would like to photograph but my little digital camera is just not up to the job.  Can anyone recommend a suitable beginners camera with a good zoom that would take good shots of birds, sheep, lambs etc.  It would need to be fairly idiot proof (okay, very idiot proof) and not too complicated to use as I would soon loose interest if couldn't master it fairly quickly.  I know that the price range for cameras is vast but fire away, send me your recommendations and then I will be able to make a decision.  At the moment I'm floundering. 
Thank you, in anticipation.

1 comment:

  1. We use a very simple Fuji digital camera, which has a zoom function, to record our travels and we have been very pleased with it's performance. It's compact, about the size of a smart phone. I'm an idiot and I can use it so rest assured you would have no problems. Thank you for posting to your blog. I check in often hoping for a new post.