Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Forgotten Post

Loch Ken was our starting point,and a trip to Ken Dee Marshes did not disappoint with the odd red kite overhead ,willow tit, nuthatch ,and a couple of red squirrels which are always a pleasure to watch.


As we made our way along the loch we stopped to watch some very professional anglers enjoying their match.


The Rhinns of Galloway was our final destination and I certainly did not expect to see this bird on the camp site,                                               put ya glasses on      Sun glasses that is.




Apparently this bird has been frequenting this site for the last two/three years,a small number of these Golden Pheasants were released in the Galloway area a number of years ago according to the RSPB.
A trip to Port Patrick is always nice where the Black Guillemots are the stars in the harbour



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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Help please

Could you call this bird a Leucistic Grey Partridge !!! photo taken today in field next to house along with six other normal coloured Grey Partridge


                                                            Shot of normal birds.


                        I would be pleased to hear any comments you may have regarding the above.

                                                                           Thanks  Joe.

Last week on the Moss

Leighton Moss that is.
Not the best of weather which is kind of normal for one of our outings.
Black-tailed Godwits were present in large number and put on some good shows here,s a few pics from the week.



Having spent a morning waiting for the bearded tits the previous day (no show)we were rewarded on day two with a pair coming for grit.



To be fair we were a little early for the grit trays as there were still plenty of insects about,as we only saw two separate pairs over the week.
Not a lot to see on our last day other than Godwits and lots of dragonfly's however our last walk round in the last hide produced this rather smart looking stag.


The stags headset is a twelve pointer which makes it a Royal ??.

ps
    look who,s watching!!!





Thursday, 15 March 2018

Far pastures

A cold frosty morning is what greeted us along with a frozen lake,as we opened a couple of windows in the hide  peered through the bins the place appeared to be devoid of life.
It didn't seem worthwhile unpacking the camera (I thought) then I heard a couple of bursts from my mates camera I walked across the hide to see what he was shooting at ,and there was one of Britains top predators  MINK I think that explains why there was nothing about.



                                  The above pictures are by kind permission of my mate Bob .
we stayed a while longer watching red kites in the distance one carrying nesting material before moving on to the hide in Thornley woods.Three people in the hide when we arrived closely followed by another lady photographer who went out and recharged the feeding area with fat cake smeared on the logs and tree stumps.We spent an hour there watching the main takers of the fat cake pics below.



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Friday, 20 October 2017

A Gosforth Morning

Had an early start on Wednesday maybe even too early as it was pitch black walking up the track, I was startled by a couple of deer crossing the path only feet in front. Sitting in the hide watching the morning unfold I saw a dark shape drop into the reeds just off to my right it turned out to be my first glimpse of an Autumn Bittern, light levels were improving as a swan and six signets passed thru then the fishing began !



 First the Kingfisher he came back for more.
 then the Cormorant didn't take long to down this(Roach / Rudd )
     Sixteen more Cormorants were perched in the tree opposite its not going to take these guys long to empty the pond ,two more sightings of the bittern ,little grebes ,water-rails etc not a bad couple of hours at the park. 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Hebridean Crakes

My visit to the Western Isles proved very rewarding with a bird that's always eluded me when visiting other isles (always heard but never seen)but not on this occasion timing appears to have been spot on,all these pics where taken on the RSPB reserve at Balranald North Uist
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 Two days spent on the reserve and the Crakes were almost predictable.
Here's a few shots of other birds that were evident on the reserve in good numbers.


All in all a good holiday with great birding especially on the reserve.
I couldn't conclude without one final shot!!" how true this is i bet."


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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Windy Wallington

Storm Doris did her best this morning to put us off our planned trip toWallington Hall,braving the wind (you could feel it getting colder ) and the fallen branches we made it to the bird hide, nothing about on arrival but it was only 7am. As things started to pick up there was a distinctive absence of red squirrels could the next two shots be the reason why!.
The next shot shows the Stoat looking up towards the squirrel feeder
What happened next left us both gobsmacked as the Stoat scrambled inside the nut feeder and stayed in there for a full two mins or more,was it there in anticipation !!!the mind boggles.

The Brambling were quite active this morning.
   
 
My first Bramblings at Wallington over the years here's a few of the locals.
We were both interested to note how much time the Tree-creeper spent pecking around on the ground.




                                                An interesting and cold stormy morning.

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