Friday, 27 May 2011

Bright n' Breezy

Certainly has been windy and rather cool of late but Wednesday was warm and sunny (got burnt!) and these bright yellow chaps and chap-esses certainly entertained me!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Essential Mud Gathering

The local Swallows have spent the last week or so busily gathering the mud they vitally need to build their nests with. As you may have read wet muddy areas are hard to come by with a very dry April and May but due to the good work of certain people a roadside pool is constantly made wet and therefore 3-4 Swallow pairs are able to collect what they need. This is the closest i've ever been to this species and i am really appreciating how lovely they are and also getting a good insight into how they go about the mud collecting process.....enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Pegsdon Hills

An evening spent up nearby Pegsdon Hills, ran into a large party of Long Tailed Tits, mostly youngsters being fed by busy parents and up on the hills themselves plenty of Raptors making the most of the last few hours of sunlight and a Lapwing pair that kept mobbing them....lovely relaxing evening...

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Nesting in the strangest places!

Recently i have been trying to stay as local as possible for my wildlife photography rather than making huge journeys week in week out. Making the most of local spots allows me to get out before and after work, saves me plenty of petrol and in a way helps my carbon footprint in some small way and if im honest my local area is just as interesting as anywhere else it just takes a bit of hard work finding the good spots, which is rewarding when they come good!

My most local pair of Grey Wagtails that usually nest around the Arlesey train station bridge dont seem to be around this year which is a real dissapointment but a pair in nearby Willington have decided to nest in the lock gates of the canal, such a strange place to nest as the gates are in constant use so their nest moves back and forth and there are prolonged periods of time when they cannot enter the nest until this process has been completed.

However i managed to get up there on a nice sunny morning just a matter of days before the successful fledging to see them going back and forth with food for the young, i think they had 2-3 chicks all of which seem to have fledged and are now being fed in and around the area, was a real privelege to spend some time watching them with beakfuls of grub.