Monday, 30 March 2009
We were tying to take photos of a coot (for some strange reason) when we noticed a yellow wag feeding by the water. We hid ahead of where it was walking and waited. It didn't come mega close but pleased with a few shots:
Great first day back in beds,
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Unfortunatly I didn't win :-(, but was still nice to meet a famous birder/photographer/presenter.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
A few nice spring migrants.
Started at Keyhaven where there were lots of black-tailed godwhits:
Some other waders as well including dunin, redshank, spotted redshank, greenshank, snipe and oystercatcher..
Had lovely views a really slate coloured water pipit.
Duck numbers have defiantly gone down, but still plenty of pintail, teal, mallard, tufties and shoveler:Lapwings were displaying a lot which was nice:At Hurst spit there was a very vocal rock pipit that was quite approachable:We then went on to Acres down.
When walking across to the heath we heard a call that was unfamiliar and looked up to see a lovely WILLOW TIT calling. It has a very extensive black throat and checking the call with a CD I have it was defiantly one, great start and only my second ever willow tit!!
Other highlights from here included lots of stonechat pairs calling. 2 Peregrine. 3 hawfinch which was a bit of a surprise.
Best of all here was a lovely female wheatear which I crawled up to
In order to get pics:She was very successful catching flies from the air which was fantastic to watch in the afternoon sunshine.
It was a very nice day and we racked up almost 80 species
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Had nice views of lots of singing dunnocks:And the grebes are courting nicely (shame about blue buoys):But could not find the mealy when we finally found the flock. There were other birders about but it hadn’t been seen, despite there being lots of redpoll activity in the centre.
Finally at about 9, when on the phone to Simon and saying we hadn’t found it, we got onto the bird at the northern end where it was originally found. We enjoyed lovely views of it feeding on the ground:This photo shows the very white rump:
Great lifer for me and to have such a classic individual is excellent.
I best get on with some work now…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Simon Ingram told us about a mealy redpoll at Lakeside (cheers Simon!), we have been trying to find one there for a while and looking at the Simon’s photo we knew this one would stand out if we could locate it, It was a classic female one.
Unfortunately on our visit we struggled to find any redpoll in the first hour as there was lots of ‘gardening’ going on and we fail to locate the mealy L.
However we did flush a jack snipe whilst try for photos of the Reed Buntings:
World’s worst JS photo (but you can see the very short bill):
Reed Bunt:Few other shots from today:
Mallard:Meadow Pipit:Courting CGGrebes: Coot: