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






Somerset Levels

25th October..A great day out on the Somerset Levels , hoping to see Bearded Tits, a species I'd had brief views of a few times but never seen well and never photographed. Our luck was in, as soon after arrival we were treated to brilliant close up views of both male and females coming down to the path to feed on seed and grit which had been put down for them, ( they take grit as an aid to digestion in the autumn when their diet changes from insectivorous to seeds).We also had my best ever view of Bitterns , with at least two right in front of the hide, but photography was still not great as they either stayed partly obscured by the reeds or when one did come right out into the open was directly in front of the bright low sun, but still brilliant to watch .With Great White Egrets and Kingfisher as well a good day all round.
Female Bearded Tit

Male Bearded Tit -an exotic looking bird.

Bittern Take off

Typical view of a Bittern

Bittern silhouette

Kingfisher

Lapwing and Common Snipe

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Friday, 21 October 2016

Larking about

Short Toed Lark-18th October.
The second attempt to see this bird after Joyce and I went down on the Sunday before only to be told it had been flushed by a dog 45 minutes before we arrived and it didn't reappear. So on Tuesday with no work, I tried again and it was in its favoured spot feeding in the car park, I did'nt even need to walk anywhere and had it to myself for  a while before a few other birders turned up. I have to admit though, a fairly non descript little bird ,and only so many photos I could take of it as it fed unconcerned within feet of me. Only the second I've seen after one on the Scillies a few years ago.
Short Toed Lark

Short Toed Lark

Short Toed Lark
Short Toed Lark

Short Toed Lark


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Turnstone, a real Davidstow rareity

I've seen quite a lot of rare waders on Davidstow airfield, but this is only the second Turnstone I,ve ever come across there, strange when you could just pop over to Padstow and feed loads of them your chips right at your feet., and this is also quite normal weather as well-fog.
Turnstone in the fog.