Thursday, 26 February 2009
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Was a bit of a struggle to find access to Tundry Pond as I don’t know the area. I’m still not sure if I was aloud to be there but I got nice views of the white-fronted and Egyptian geese:
WFG:Nice comparison between 2 of WF and a Greylag:EG:Finally what I was going out for in the first place. Had a great time off-roading, taking the jeep through some very deep muddy pools, I took it round the course once which was great but jumped out whilst my dad went round and took some pics:I know it’s not wildlife by hey ho; it’s still going on the blog as it was great fun!
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Had yet another great day at Blashford Lakes, just seems to get better and better there.
As usual the bittern was showing very well from the Ivey north hide and I got some photos I’m very pleased with, even if he/she is rather hidden by reeds:I'm not 100% sure, but the bittern appeared to be blowing bubbles to attract fish. I have heard of little egrets doing this but not bittern, was very interesting and here it is in action:Outside the Ivey north hide we had nice views of a buzzard soaring over head:
Again not a great photo but when taking photos I realised there was a peregrine soaring above the buzzard, which can be seen in the photo:From the woodland hide our winter birds are showing signs of spring with one stunning male redpoll amongst the 15+ that were there.Not a great photo but you can see how red he is, also that he is rung:Also a lovely male Brambling:Siskin:Saw two kingfishers from the other hide near the woodland one. Managed a distant shot:Highlight here was watching a cormorant trying, and after a while succeeding, to eat a rather large pike. For a while we wondered who had caught who:
Black necked grebes showed well but distantly and the bewick's were at the meadows once more. Rebekah saw her first bittern which was a bogy bird, and after I had been tempting fate about seeing them I was relieved aswel :-).
Thursday, 19 February 2009
This backfired horribly with a heavy night out last night and not getting to sleep until around 4:30. Robbie and myself were up around 7 and VERY tired, but there was no sign of Sam, he was dead to the world having slept through his alarm. Robbie and I went back to our beds for more sleep and at around 10 we were finally ALL ready to leave. By now due to other engagements there was not enough time for the RLBuzz so instead we went to see the Long-Eared owl at farlington marshes.
This was good for me as It would be a lifer (and for Sam and Robbie too). RLBuzz would not have been as I saw one last year at Burnham in Norfolk, although it was rubbish views!
Success, the owl was showing really well, heavily cropped image as I did not want to get too close, and another case of needing an 800mm lense….
We saw 2 water rail, here is one of them:Lots of Brent as usual:Seem to be loads of Shelduck:We had some avocet but a V.Long way away.
Nice Light on this coot:
I have now seen all the common(ish) British owl species :-).
Here are a few shots from keyhaven and barton the other day that I forgot to post:
Kestrel looking out to sea, seawatching perhaps?!Slav Grebe:Rock Pipit:Mipit:Singing Robin:Keeeeep birding
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
From here we decided to go and see if the Black Redstart north of the Millennium Bridge was still present. On getting there we have a look about and there was no sign of it for about 15 minutes, thinking that the reason it had not been reported for so long was because it was gone we decided to leave for the Haven and try for the two drake scaup. Just as we were about to cross the bridge something caught my eye and there he was the stunning summer plum male Black Redstart, what a lovely bird. He was feeding mainly on the buildings and it was hard to get as close as I wanted but got some shots I am pleased with:
Another fella I will revisiting at some point.
On to Titchfield Haven where we connected with both drake scaup. Not great views as they were waiting to be fed.
A Female Pochard was feeding on the river aswel:Good few year ticks and a lifer (RBGull), was a casual but fun birding trip!
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Great views of this bird and the first time I have seen one on the ground (almost).
After lunch we played around with the manual focus trying to get shots of birds flying around the feeders with some success, although I'm surprised there wasn't smoke coming from my camera:
Blue tit(shame about the nuthatch's bottom):And finally I couldn't go an entire post without a shot of a nuthatch(not just showing it's bottom):There is a greater selection of my photos from today on my flickr and they seem better quality. Link on the right hand side of my blog under 'links'.
Was a great day and we will definatly be returning soon.
Year list up to 126 now..