Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Nesting Nuthatch

A pair of Nuthatches are nesting in their usual tree in the local copse. I always just like to sit and watch them go about their lives.
Nuthatch at nest hole

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Monday, 7 May 2018

Little Ringed Plover & Grey Plover

1st May 2018.

Davidstow airfield ( Cornwall) usually turns up one or two waders passing through in the spring, on driving  around the runways I was pleased to find this Little Ringed Plover feeding beside a pool, this is not a common bird in this part of the country and this was the best views I've had of one. I was pleased to get some photos from the car, resting my lens on a beanbag. After a while it was joined by a Grey Plover which came very close allowing for some nice shots, pity it was a bit rainy but that's quite normal for this site.
Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Friday, 6 April 2018

Winter Birds

March 2018.

We really don't have too much snow down here on the Devon/Cornwall border, so a covering of the white stuff was a bit of a novelty on two separate weeks in March. I could have panicked and ran around with my long lens and end up photographing nothing at all or just stay in the garden ,put out some food and a few props and see what common species turned up, which is what I decided upon. The right approach I think.
Male Chaffinch

Robin

Robin

Female Sisken

Long tailed Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Jackdaw

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Carrion Crow

Great Spotted Woodpecker male

Great Spotted Woodpecker male

Collared Dove

Coal Tit

Great Tit

Lapwing-The freezing temperatures brought lots of these in close to the house.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Speyside

11th- 16th March 2018.

Mrs D and I have just returned home from a week in the Scottish highlands joining up with son Dan and his good wife Mary and their two young children  Martha and Theo.We were  based in Nethybridge which is in easy reach of all the wildlife hotspots. Although more of a family holiday I of course managed to slip away quite often with my camera, and when on walks together ( usually places I suggested he he) it was a given that I may wander off in a different direction or maybe just hang behind the others. They know me well!. Anyway some fantastic wildlife was seen in some wonderful scenery.
Frozen River ,Findhorn

Red Deer-Findhorn valley

Red deer ( mid chew)-Findhorn valley

Red Deer -Findhorn valley

Red Deer-Findhorn valley

Red Deer calf-Findhorn valley

Red Deer calf-Findhorn valley

Mountain Hare-Findhorn

Mountain Hare-Findhorn

Mountain Hare whiteout-Findhorn

Wild(ish)Goat -Findhorn

Goats-Findhorn

Snow Bunting- Cairngorm

Red Grouse-Findhorn

Goldeneye-Nethybridge

Treecreeper-Loch Garten

Mallards fighting on the ice--Boat of Garten

Mallards on ice-Boat of Garten

Badger-in a field beside the road in the middle of the day.

Red squirrel- Loch an Eilein

Red squirrel-Loch an Eilein

Red squirrel-Loch an Eilein

Red Squirrel-Loch an Eilein

Monday, 5 February 2018

Glaucous and Iceland Gulls

1st February 2018.

I spent most of the day loafing around Newlyn Harbour in West Cornwall, trying to get some photos of the adult and juvenile Glaucous Gulls and juvenile ( 1st winter) Iceland Gull that have been present for a while now, but alas no sign of the Kunliens Gull that was also around. I have seen and photographed Iceland Gulls before now , but as for Glaucous , although I've seen a few , I haven't got a decent photograph since one at Par ( also Cornwall) back in 1998, twenty years ago! There seem to be quite a few of these two species around Cornwall & Devon at the moment so wont get a better chance of seeing them.
Adult Glaucous Gull in Newlyn Harbour

Adult Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull adult portrait

Adult Glaucous Gull

Juvenile Glaucous Gull

Juvenile Glaucous Gull

Juvenile Glaucous GUll

Juvenile Iceland Gull




Juvenile Iceland Gull

Juvenile Iceland Gull

Juvenile Iceland Gull flight

Juvenile Iceland Gull feeding
Juvenile Iceland Gull with a piece of rope!

Juvenile Iceland Gull flight