One of my recent favourite haunts on the island is Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve.   For the first 25 years I lived and visited Bermuda it was an “out of bounds” location as it was a NASA tracking centre and used by the US military.   After the US left the island the site remained pretty much untouched until a few years back when it was converted to a nature reserve and reopened to the public.

As time has gone on, the population of Longtails and Turtles has flourished in the area and it makes for a lovely photo spot.   I know the Longtails have returned to Bermuda as I have seen them flying on the south-shore of the island but they still seem a bit elusive.   One of the best spots normally to photograph these birds is at Cooper’s Island, so I went down to try my luck.   To my horror there were none around.   After an hour I did hear a few singing their song from a cliff that is on the other side of where they are normally located.  I pushed my way threw the brush and managed to locate 3 birds who were darting in and out of the cliffs.   It only lasted for 10 minutes before they disappeared.   Managed a few shots but not exactly what I was looking for, will be going back in the coming weeks to try again.  The fuji X-T1 and 55-200mm lens takes great pictures but the autofocus on these fast moving birds makes it a challenge to snap the perfect picture.

No sign of any turtles so guessing they have not yet returned to the island for the summer.

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The beaches are always so crowded at Cooper’s

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No better way to watch the day go by.

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