Monday, 29 March 2010

Sunny Sunday

Sunday proved to be a bit of a hit n' miss day in terms of nature spotting, it began early up Pegsdon Hills, Bedfordshire with Adam. Sunday morning walks are always just a way of getting a good start to the day with a bit of exercise but we did have a few birds in mind that we wanted to see, namely Ring Ouzel and Wheatear.....none were seen and Pegsdon seemed a bit bird-less really! Afterwards we had a quick pop into Arlesey Nature Reserve and heard a few Chiff-Chaffs...finally i managed to see my first one of the year and get a quick photo...



Next stop was our local Adder population with Dan Trim and Ed Taylor, the roads were our first stumbling block as they wouldn't let us go anywhere near the bloody woods, some sort've repair work! However, we never doubted Ed and his map reading skills and after a few detours we were staring at Adders! Brilliant! We saw 5 in total and despite most of them coming up to shedding their skin they were still a great sight...




I left the 2 guys from the Canon club up there and returned home to the lovely Erin who seemed keen to drag me back out again, result! We decided to head for the resevoirs and canal of Tring via Blows Downs in Dunstable, this was a nice walk and another chance to see Wheatear...but that wasn't happening, will i see one this spring! So we moved onto Tring and was greeted by the swirling movements of both Sand Martins and a couple of Swallows, lovely stuff! A pair of Great Crested Grebes were being soppy and dancing for each other....



A few Grey Wagtails were zipping about and letting me take their picture...





These 3 Mallards were in a serious struggle, clearly a three-some was on the cards but not all parties were keen!

Another returning visitor to out shores came in the form of Common Tern, a truly cool bird that flicks and dips over the water before shooting downwards in search of a meal. Not the easiest bird to photograph but i managed a few as the light began to dissapear!



Ended the day in the only way i know how, taking photos of Pied Wagtail, why is it most days end in a Pied Wagtail...or start with one? I just think they are everywhere and dont mind having you point a camera at their beak! Cant wait for the next day!


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