Sunday, 1 March 2015


Didn't do a great deal today as the weather man forcast bad weather and around dinner time he wasn't wrong. We had a quick trip up the moors but not much doing really , a few Red Grouse and Buzzards about but that was about it possibly due to the strong winds keeping everything out of reach . We then decided to visit Redesmere which at that time was still bathed in sunshine , plenty of wildfowl about along with two Pink-footed Geese and a couple of Oystercatchers flew in .
One of the two Pink-footed Geese present.
Tufted Duck (drake).
Greylag Goose .

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Steam Again

With the weather not looking too good again today we decided to stay local and visit the Churnet Valley Railway . Consall station was a good a location as any to try our hand at photographing again in poor light , bring on the summer and blue skies . The station is pre war and opened in 1902 , but closed on the 4th January 1965 along with other stations along the line . The station was officially opened again on 3rd March 2002 exactly 100 years to the day .
And just look what you find on the canal towpath , are those boots really on the wrong feet .

New Bird for the wood

Arriving home late afternoon from a day out I noticed something white in the flooded field by our wood it was a Little Egret feeding around the edge of the flood water , along with six Teal several Mallard and a single Lapwing. The Little Egret and the Teal are both first records for the sight but the Egret didn't stay long as I went for my camera and returned within a few minutes only to find the Teal , Mallards and Lapwing still present . If only I could have managed a record shot....bugger . We have finished the month with fourty three species being recorded the same as February 2014.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Hail and Snow

Take a look at today,s weather Hail and Snow and just think only three weeks from now we could be hearing our first Chiffchaff calling , yes spring is just around the corner but looking out the window you wouldn't think so . The feeders are well stocked and a good selection of birds are enjoying the supply , two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, several Coal Blue and Great Tits along with two Nuthatch twenty one Chaffinch twelve Pheasant a male Reed Bunting and a single Treecreeper . In the farm field opposite our window small flocks of Redwing a pair of Mistle Thrush three Jay,s and a single Buzzard . During weather like this its just nice to sit in the warm and still see a good selection of woodland species .

Something Different .....

Despite the weather forecast giving snow and hail we decided to do something a little different yesterday .. So off we headed up to the East Lancs railway to photograph the steam engines ... Little did we realise that a spot of planning would have been good as its not easy chasing loccos about when you don't know the area , but I surpose it added to the fun : - ) The weather man got it right for a change as every time we got in the right place to catch the train the hail and snow got us !!!! that's why all pics are black and white , what else can u do when the lights against you .....

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Another day in Lancashire ......

Another day up Lancashire ... first stop Formby then a few hours on Southport beach before returning home via Marshside and Martin Mere ....

Lancashire Whoopers

A visit back into Lancashire for a few shots of the majestic Whooper Swans .

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Southport in the Fog!!!

Twite have been on my hit list for quite a while now , so when I saw a report yesterday of around one hundred birds feeding on the beach at Southport , it was to good a opportunity not to try. Myself and Tracey set off in the fog at around 7-30 hoping it would clear by the time we arrived , how wrong we were . If you know Southport beach its pretty big in daylight but trying to find around one hundred Twite in the fog well that's another story . And to top it off there just happened to be a small 10k charity fun run with 2,500 runners what a day to pick . But find them we did and a few record images were managed in awful conditions beggars cant be choosers , will just have to go back on a brighter day . We rounded the day off with a visit to RSPB Marshside then onto Mere Sands and finished off with Martin Mere WWT for the Whooper Swans , all in all a very productive day. Tracey managed a few images she's been after for a while and I got my first Twite on camera.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

My contribution !!!!

Better late than never here is my contribution to the last few days ;- ) These also add four more birds to my list !!
Wednesdays sunset

Friday, 6 February 2015

Laughing Gull Cheshire

A 1st winter Laughing Gull from north America turned up a few days ago on the Wirral and I have been itching to go but a little thing called work stops you doing what you want sometimes ,but today was my day off and the destination was New Brighton . On arrival it was soon located feeding on the beach by the lighthouse , with the tide coming in quickly and knowing its routine it wouldn,t be long before it was on the lake behind and on the pontoon . Its been around 30 years since my last Laughing Gull and that was an adult so I was quite looking forward to getting some flight shots of this little gem .
Just the other end of the promenade were two Snow Buntings showing well to there many admirers .

Wednesday, 4 February 2015


Sunset this evening was quite something we are both glad we made the dash.