Thursday, 28 January 2010

Feeder of Dreams

Here a just a few of the many photo's i took from the Woodland Hide at Blashford Lakes, Hampshire. The feeders were absolutely buzzing with Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling as well as all the usual common birds. Enjoy!

























Sunday, 24 January 2010

Stotfold Corn Bunting Spectacular

Here are a selection of images taken in Stotfold today where once again 600+ Corn Buntings are spending the winter, there is also a Yellowhammer picture thrown in for good measure! Enjoy...























Thursday, 21 January 2010

Top Notch Norfolk!

Had a really great day in Norfolk on Wednesday with Adam. I'll let the pictures do the talking...

Male Pintail at Titchwell


The first of many Barn Owl pictures. Due to the recent bad weather Barn Owls have really struggled to hunt properly which is not good news. However, now the weather is improving they are back out in force, we saw 7 during 1 hour of drving from Titchwell to Cley, it doesn't take that long to drive from Titchwell to Cley but we had to constantly keep screeching to a halt in the car to photograph all the barn owls! Many of them were perched on posts in fields, we saw 1 perched on a road sign and a couple hunting alongside the road, breathtaking stuff and my best ever Barn Owl experience...








Adam took this one as i was driving! It takes alot of skill to do this!



Bean Goose

Some of the 11,000 strong flock of Pink Footed Geese at Holkham


Egyptian Goose


More Cley Barn Owls




We also visited Salthouse in the hope of seeing the 50 Snow Buntings who reside near the car park and often get fed by various locals and birdwatchers. When we got there an elderly couple pointed us the direction of 1 lonely bird who seemed intent on waiting for someone to feed it! We duly obliged and it was very grateful....and so were we! It came within 2ft of us!




Turnstone


We ended the day at the Stubb Mill Raptor Roost at Hickling Broad. In total we saw over 20 Marsh Harrier come into Roost, these 2 Cranes also flew in...


This Robin hung about as we waited for Raptors!


Hunting Marsh Harrier


3 more Cranes into roost

The day ended with this female Hen Harrier....my first ever! What a day!


Sunday, 17 January 2010

Beds, Herts, Bucks....and Ducks!

Today finally brought out some sunshine, at last! And so it was a full day's nature spotting on the cards beginning in Hertfordshire at Lemford Springs with Adam and Martin. The place was buzzing with activity, and this Fox complete with Pheasant in mouth was the star of the show....



The Fox even scared this Little Egret up a tree!


Another Fox looking for breakfast


Grey Heron

Jack Snipe, finally i managed to get a photo of one of the trickiest birds to spot (well, i've found it bloody tricky anyways...and to be fair Adam spotted this one!) It was constantly bobbing up and down which gave it away, but still....cracking and crypic camouflage!


After leaving Adam and Martin i headed to East Hyde where this Cormorant was enjoying the sun and the view!


I finally left Herts and passed through Beds into Bucks to spot some Goosander up at Newport Pagnell, no-one told me the places was flooded!



It was only a week ago i was walking on these fields! Ah well, this Kestrel more than made up for it!




My final port of call was Willen Lake in Milton Keynes. Families were out in large numbers so the wildfowl was really noisy and busy waiting for the endless supply of bread....this Moorhen however was not sure if he fancied it or not...



Some Lapwing!


In amongst the Geese, Swans and Mallards were these 2 beauties..

Tufted Duck


Red Crested Pochard (female)


And this sort've beauty....Carrion Crow


Ready to go home i decided to take a quick look at the other lake at Willen, armed with some good Buckinghamshire bird knowledge for a local chap i walked round in the hope of spotting a pair of Goosander...this female was up for a bit of photography and the day ended as it began, superb!