Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve

Had a great day in Norfolk, visited Strumpshaw with the aim of seeing my first Otter and getting a good picture of a Bearded Tit....result!!!

Great Tit

Marsh Harrier


Mother Otter and 2 cubs

Adult Female Otter

Southern Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Bearded Tit


Scarce Emerald Damselfly

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Portugal 2009 Part 2

Here is the 2nd part of our trip to Portugal, sorry about all the photo's but there really was so much wildlife there, it's a great part of the world. Enjoy the pics, some species i am yet to identify properly...any help would be great!

Booted Eagle


Black Winged Stilt

White Stork


Peregrine Falcon

Honey Buzzard

Swallowtail Butterfly

4 Short Toed Eagles

Egyptian Vulture

2 Black Storks

Grasshopper of some sort!


Monday, 21 September 2009

Portugal 2009

I recently visited the Algarve region of Portugal for a week holiday with Erin, was a great part of the world and had a brilliant time. The region is rich with wildlife and luckily i got to spend some time observing it. A big thanks goes to Simon Wates (http://algarvebirdman.com/default.asp?o=10478) who spent a day showing me around, without an expert of the local area i definitely wouldn't have had the opportunity to see so many birds! Although saying that i did manage to spot a fair bit just taking local trips from my resort. So much was seen that i am going to seperate these posts into a few parts, this first section is focusing on the smaller birds i saw and future posts will focus on the raptors, sea birds, waders and other wildlife i saw. Hope everyone enjoys seeing my pictures, my new Nikon 300mm F4 lens is definitely helping me get some great shots and these were all great moments for me. I have included species names and where they were seen as this may inspire others thinking of visiting Portugal of places to visit. Cheers! Ben.

Western Bonelli's Warbler (Sagres)

Red Rumped Swallow (Lagoa Dos Salgados)

Crested Lark (Lagoa Dos Salgados)

Zitting Cisticola (Lagoa Dos Salgados)

Southern Grey Shrike (Lagoa Dos Salgados)

Cattle Egret (Albufeira)

Stonechat (Sagres)

Crested Tit (Sagres)

Thekla Lark (Sagres)

Willow Warbler (Sagres)

Sub-Alpine Warbler (Sagres)

Willow Warbler (Sagres)

Pied Flycatcher (Sagres)

Sardinian Warbler - Male (Sagres)

Sardinian Warbler - Female (Sagres)

Spotless Starling (Sagres)

Hoopoe (Vilamoura)

Little Egret (Vilamoura)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

From Harrier to Hedgehogs

Bit of a bizarre night that began with myself and Adam hurtling from work to see one of the UK's rarest Raptor visitors but ended with one of it's most common mammals....

Upon leaving work we were unsure whether to make the trip towards Cambridge in the hope of spotting a male Pallid Harrier. A very scarce visitor to the UK and not often seen, but absolutely stunning. We decided to go for it but as the light faded we were left dissapointed as we didn't get a glimpse. A nice Barn Owl helped make up for it but we were still gutted.

On the drive home there was talk of wanting to see a Hedgehog, an animal that is fairly common but these days can be tricky to see. A few were spotted legging it across roads which was nice but we wanted a photo,before dropping Adam off we finally came across one rummaging around some bushes. It was great to spend a few minutes photographing this hefty chap who didn't seem to care, enjoy!