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The Wirral Peninsula

West Kirby Abstract. A 1.3second exposure smooths the lines formed by the action of the waves. Click to enlarge.

West Kirby Abstract. A 1.3second exposure smooths the lines formed by the action of the waves. Click to enlarge.

On a short trip to the Wirral on Merseyside recently I was hoping to photograph both the Mersey and Dee estuaries and the sea where they each spill out into Liverpool Bay. Poor weather limited my plans to capturing what I could of the western side of the peninsula in a period of a few hours on our first full day. Even after this short time I had seen enough to convince me that a return visit is needed later in the season when conditions will be better.

Scene as above but with an exposure of 1/20th second. Click to enlarge.

Scene as above but with an exposure of 1/20th second. Click to enlarge.

 

For example, the large marine lake at West Kirby provides a dynamic foreground to the sandbank and Welsh coast beyond, offering great opportunities for abstract long exposures, whilst the impressive coastal scenery of the Dee estuary at Wirral Country Park has great potential for a more traditional approach to seascapes.

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Down by Shore Cottage Studio on the Dee Estuary. Click to enlarge.

The land mass of the Wirral changes massively with each tide and the vast mud flats that are exposed at low tide attract huge numbers of birds in the autumn and  winter months, particularly on the Dee estuary. The RSPB reserve at Burton Mere attracts birdwatchers in, it seemed to me at least, comparable numbers to the wildlife, all hoping for a glimpse of a newly-arrived Cetti’s Warbler, a group of Avocets or a colourful Kingfisher.

More to follow on my next visit…

 

 

 


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