Wednesday, 30 December 2009

A Bittern Alright!

Here are just a few of the many pictures i took of a Bittern at Eyebrook Resevoir in the Leicestershire/Rutland area. He was a lovely chap who really didn't mind people taking his photo, my first ever Bittern on my last birdwatching trip of the year.....superb!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

With presents wrapped and cards written i decided today to spend my last chance before Christmas have a look around some of my favourite local spots. I began the day early at Oughtonhead Common in my hometown of Hitchin, its a superb river walk and one i don't do enough but one that has really been brilliant this year giving me wonderful wildlife opportunities. Today didn't dissapoint as i was given my best ever views of Kingfisher in full action, i spent over half an hour watching a Kingfisher sit right in front of me and attempt to catch fish, he didn't care i was watching and here are just some of my many photos....

This Robin was more interested in his reflection!

The fields surrounding the the Heron!

A wintery Bullfinch eating berries

Female Blackbird....shame about the snowy twig in the way!

A collection of Water Rail photo's, i saw 5 of these great birds in total

After leaving Hitchin i headed for Biggleswade Common, another really nice river walk. On the drive i stopped to photograph some Geese and also got some cracking views of Redwing....

Biggleswade was a little quiet, i did see another 2 Kingfishers and some Little Grebe as well as this Song Thrush...

And this Heron flying towards me!

I finally moved on to Ickleford Common but by now it was freezing and getting dark, managed to get a few wintery images as well as seeing a Little Egret and a Little Owl...

This Chiffchaff was a really nice thing to see, haven't seen one of these since the summer!

2 Swans in Flight

Arriving home my local Robin was waiting for me to refill my feeder in my garden, he just watched as i topped it up so i decided to end the day photographing him...
Merry Christmas to everyone and cheers for reading my Blog, hope it keeps people entertained for a few minutes, more to come in the New Year! Cheers, Ben.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Rails, Grebes, Wagtails.....and snow!

Had a great morning in Arlesey with Adam, it was bloody cold with lots of frost, ice and snow but the birds with out in force and we were lucky enough to get extremely good views of some rather secretive birds such as Water Rail and Little Grebe as well as some close up views of Grey Wagtail. Other birds seen were Moorhen, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit and Kingfisher. Enjoy the pictures and enjoy the snow!!!

Little Grebe

Grey Wagtail

Water Rail


Little Grebe


Water Rail

Grey Wagtail