Sunday, 15 October 2017

Norfolk Trip

One bird I did not expect to see hunting in Thornham Harbour .

Thursday, 14 September 2017

New Brighton

After three days of North Westerlies hitting the north Wirral coast and seeing all the excellent images coming out from New Brighton I thought it was about time to pay a visit. I arrived just after 7-00 as the sun was rising in hope that last night's strong winds might have trapped a few in the Mersey. Being joined by other birders and photographers we waited , and it was not untill around 10-00 that the first Leach's Petrel came out and bingo straight towards us across the beach. Giving excellent views it drifted off out of the mouth of the Mersey and headed further around the coast. It wasn't till around midday that we picked up a Grey Phalarope just drifting and feeding not far off shore . It performed perfectly giving excellent opportunities for photos. It was a long seven hours but well worth the drive , I know I should have been there the day before when all the action was going on but I still enjoyed the birds and the company and the banter with some old photographers I have not seen for a long time.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Black Neck Westport

A juvenile Black-necked Grebe arrived at Westport Lake Staffs a few days ago , but with bad weather and work commitments yesterday was the only time I could really visit. I arrived to find local photographer Dave Kelsall already on site and after a bit of searching the Grebe was located feeding very close to some of the overhanging Willows. The light was not on our side but with a little patience the Grebe approached allowing some reasonable efforts.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Speckled Wood

They may be one of our common butterflies but Speckled Woods are absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Shropshire Night Heron

With both myself and Tracey off work together and the weather forecast not good for the day I decided to head over to Shrewsbury to Dingle Gardens so Tracey could see her first Night Heron in the UK. I had seen some pictures taken over the last week and it was showing very well . On arrival showing very well was an understatement at times it was only ten feet away , needless to say Tracey had some excellent views of her first Night Heron and I got some reasonable images.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Scarce

What was once a common sight the Grey Partridge is now a scarce farmland species with only a handful of sightings locally during the year . The chance to grab some photos of this wonderful little bird are few and fare between.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Day Flying Moth

One of the many day flying moths on the wing at present , this aptly named Speckled Yellow was one of several seen .

Thursday, 11 May 2017

May 10h

A trip over the border into Peak District this morning proved fruitful with nine species of Butterfly in just a small area beside a stream just east of Buxton . Below is just a small selection of todays stunning insects .
Wall Brown.
Orange-tip (female).
Orange-tip (male).
Green Hairstreak.
Dingy Skipper .
Small Copper .

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dotterel Cheshire

I have just broken a 40 year jinx ,this is the first time I have managed to photograph Dotterel . Having seen plenty over the years they have always been distant or when they were close you were looking into the sun, so to say Iam pleased is a understatement. Two birds have arrived not far from home so surely I had to be in with a chance this time, having missed them the other day this was my second attempt . A frustrating two hour wait this morning paid off as one of the birds arrived with a small party of Golden Plovers and landed by the wall over the far side of the field . A sprint up the road over the hill and I settled down behind the wall , the Dotterel just kept on feeding and started to walk towards me Bingo jinx over ....note to my self stop running iam 60 this month .
One of the many Golden Plovers present.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Norfolk Break

I have been coming down here for over fifty years now there is just something about those reed beds and marshes and its wildlife that just keeps calling me back .
We spent hours just watching Marsh Harriers displaying , Geese and Egrets flying over the distant sound of calling Cranes and the pinging calls of Bearded Tits in the reed beds . A fleeting glimpse of a Chinese Water Deer as it darted from cover all this and in glorious sunshine , why would you want to be anywhere else but Norfolk.
Red Kite.
Red Kite.
Marsh Harrier (female).
Marsh Harrier (male).
Marsh Harrier (male).
Little Egret.......We brought the dogs down with us and it was little Millie's first time on a beach so it was up to her bigger sisters to look after her.
She gave Willow the run around at times.
But all in all she just took it all in her stride.