Friday, 6 January 2017

Eastern Black Redstart

29th December 2016
Joyce and I had a day down west to hope to catch up with some of the birds I'd missed in the last couple of weeks, in particular the Eastern Black Redstart which has been at Mousehole and would be a new bird for me. It wasn't hard to locate as a few other birders had their bins/scopes/cameras fixed on it. A handsome little bird with orange underparts , this Asian form of our Black Redstart was feeding on the rocks fairly close to the path allowing foe some photographs.
I also looked for the Pacific Diver at Penzance but no luck ( the third time I,ve tried for it in the last couple of winters without success ) and could'nt locate the Hudsonian Whimbrel at Perranuthnoe, maybe i.ll try again soon ( Still haven't managed to get out at all this new year due to bad poorliness, but well enough now to get on the computer, so hopefully after this weekend I'll be out playing catch up.
Eastern Black Redstart

Eastern Black Redstart

Eastern Black Redstart

Eastern Black Redstart

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Slimbridge

8th December
Stayed with Joyce's sister in Cam which just happens to be a stones throw from Slimbridge WWT, so while they go shopping for the day I head down there where I largely ignore the collections of wildfowl and see what shows  up in front of the hides. Always good to see the Bewicks Swans and other wild duck at close quarters, and now you have the Common Cranes which form part of the Great Crane Project which aims to restore a healthy population of these iconic birds throughout the U.K. A rather gloomy morning but brightened up a little in the afternoon.
Bewicks Swan preening

Bewicks Swans, adult and juvenile

Bewicks flyover

Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan

Pintail- bottoms up.

Pintail male

Pintail pair

Pintail male

Pintail male late afternoon

Pintail male

Pintail close up

Female Teal

Male Teal

Shelduck bathing

Shelduck bathing

Shelduck bathing

Shelduck wing stretch

Incoming Greylag

Greylags

Common Cranes

Common Cranes

Common Cranes

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Desert Wheatear

1st December 2016.
Good to catch up with this cracking male Desert Wheatear at Thurlestone beach in South Devon, only the second I've seen. ( the first being at Looe in Cornwall in dec 1997). This one was very confiding, favouring an area on the beach with a small boat which it used as a perch.
Thurleston beach, a bit like a desert I suppose!

The Wheatear came within feet allowing for a few close ups.

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

The Desert Wheatear spent some time on the boat preening

As did this Rock Pipit.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Frosty morning

We don't get too many real frosts in this part of the world , so I managed too get a little bit of time to get out with the camera in brief cold couple of days recently. Taken  in the garden and field.
Frosted Web

Frosted Web

Frosty Honeysuckle

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Pembrokeshire

A few days with the family on the Pembrokeshire coast, staying near Nevern, an area I'd not visited before ,and a very nice area too, and good for a variety of  wildlife ( although the weather was windy and quite cold).
Dinas Head.

Dipper at Nevern

Otter on the river at Nevern, great to watch and I was all set up but would it stop fishing and plunging around in the water and just look up for a second or two?

Fungi and Fern

Cherry Oak Galls

Fallen Leaves

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Thrushes

Hundreds of Redwings  and a few Fieldfares have joined the more usual Blackbird, Song Thrushes and Mistle Thrushes to take advantage of the glut of Berries in our garden and around the village .
Blackbird

Song Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Fieldfare

Redwing

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Long Tailed Duck

31st October
I found this juvenile Long Tailed Duck at Roadford Lake in Devon a week earlier ,when I'd taken a few record shots at distance and in poor light, this day though was bright and sunny with some lovely autumn colours reflecting on the water. I used good old fashioned field craft to get as close to the bird as I could without disturbing it ( or the other ducks present).
Juvenile Long Tailed Duck