Saturday, 19 January 2019

Dunnock

11th January 2019.

The Dunnock or Hedge Sparrow as we used to call it may be a common bird seen almost every day of the year, but getting a half decent photo of one isn't always so straightforward as they spend much of the time feeding on the ground or in among the hedgerow vegetation, so this one on a nice bracken perch in good light is one I am pleased with, taken at Pendower beach , Cornwall.
Dunnock.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Peregrine Falcon

11th January 2019.

Nice to see Peregrines on the south coat of Cornwall, they seem to be doing pretty well now down here, after suffering from persecution and  poisoning from pesticides in years gone by.
Peregrine.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

On Reflection

January 2019.

Four recent photos taken in my garden of common birds coming to a small pool, specifically set up by regularly putting food out near the water and hoping the birds will come in for a drink or bath. Mostly Tits and Robins at the moment but plenty of Yellowhammers feeding, along with Sisken and Goldfinch so hopefully one may drop in for a drink. Oh and another sunny day would be nice as well.
Blue Tit

Coal Tit

Robin

Robin

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Slimbridge

Mute Swan
December 2018.

A pre Christmas visit to relatives who live close to Slimbridge WWT in Gloucestershire meant that I could spend another day leisurely wandering around the grounds, and watching and photographing some of the wild birds from the hides overlooking the wetlands. A good number of  Bewicks Swans had arrived to join the other wildfowl on show. There had been a Jack Snipe showing quite well but unfortunately not when I was looking !, but a good day nonetheless.



Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan

Bewicks Swan preening

Bewicks Swan bathing

Bewicks Swan bathing

Bewicks Swans flypast

Bewicks Swan in flight

Greylag landing

Greylags head on

Shelduck

Pintail male

Water Rail 

Lapwing feeding on a worm

Woodpigeon

Carrion Crow feeding

Friday, 21 December 2018

Cormorants roosting

December 2018.

The large Willow trees at Stover Lake are very often the resting place for one or more Cormorants, I am always drawn to the shape and outline of the hanging branches, and although I've taken similar photos, thought another wouldn't hurt.
Cormorants in Willow.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Mandarin

December 2018

An introduced species and what a show off. The male Mandarin Duck has the most stunning plumage and I cant just walk past them without stopping and staring in admiration, the female in her own way is a beauty as well. I like them.
Male Mandarin

Male Mandarin

Female Mandarin

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Stover lake waiting for a bite.

December 2018.

Spent much of the day at Stover lake near Bovey Tracey in Devon, in a day of sunshine and showers, nothing unusual here, the ever present Coot , Tufted Ducks, Cormorants and Gulls etc and always nice to see Goosanders which have started to take up their winter residency. I got some o.k photos of these species, but am always on the lookout for something a bit different than a record shot, so near the end of the day one small corner of the lake was beautifully lit by the late sun , so I just sat and waited to see if any birds would swim into the golden reflections, I likened this to fishing ( though I don't actually go fishing), waiting for a bite, and sure enough my patience was rewarded with female Tufted Duck and a Coot swimming into the right spot.
Female Tufted Duck

Female Tufted Duck

Coot

Coot