Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Speckled Wood

They may be one of our common butterflies but Speckled Woods are absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Shropshire Night Heron

With both myself and Tracey off work together and the weather forecast not good for the day I decided to head over to Shrewsbury to Dingle Gardens so Tracey could see her first Night Heron in the UK. I had seen some pictures taken over the last week and it was showing very well . On arrival showing very well was an understatement at times it was only ten feet away , needless to say Tracey had some excellent views of her first Night Heron and I got some reasonable images.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Scarce

What was once a common sight the Grey Partridge is now a scarce farmland species with only a handful of sightings locally during the year . The chance to grab some photos of this wonderful little bird are few and fare between.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Day Flying Moth

One of the many day flying moths on the wing at present , this aptly named Speckled Yellow was one of several seen .

Thursday, 11 May 2017

May 10h

A trip over the border into Peak District this morning proved fruitful with nine species of Butterfly in just a small area beside a stream just east of Buxton . Below is just a small selection of todays stunning insects .
Wall Brown.
Orange-tip (female).
Orange-tip (male).
Green Hairstreak.
Dingy Skipper .
Small Copper .

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Dotterel Cheshire

I have just broken a 40 year jinx ,this is the first time I have managed to photograph Dotterel . Having seen plenty over the years they have always been distant or when they were close you were looking into the sun, so to say Iam pleased is a understatement. Two birds have arrived not far from home so surely I had to be in with a chance this time, having missed them the other day this was my second attempt . A frustrating two hour wait this morning paid off as one of the birds arrived with a small party of Golden Plovers and landed by the wall over the far side of the field . A sprint up the road over the hill and I settled down behind the wall , the Dotterel just kept on feeding and started to walk towards me Bingo jinx over ....note to my self stop running iam 60 this month .
One of the many Golden Plovers present.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Norfolk Break

I have been coming down here for over fifty years now there is just something about those reed beds and marshes and its wildlife that just keeps calling me back .
We spent hours just watching Marsh Harriers displaying , Geese and Egrets flying over the distant sound of calling Cranes and the pinging calls of Bearded Tits in the reed beds . A fleeting glimpse of a Chinese Water Deer as it darted from cover all this and in glorious sunshine , why would you want to be anywhere else but Norfolk.
Red Kite.
Red Kite.
Marsh Harrier (female).
Marsh Harrier (male).
Marsh Harrier (male).
Little Egret.......We brought the dogs down with us and it was little Millie's first time on a beach so it was up to her bigger sisters to look after her.
She gave Willow the run around at times.
But all in all she just took it all in her stride.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Staffs Bean Geese

Three Tundra Bean Geese have been in a flooded field at Whitmore Staffordshire for the past couple of months now . This was my fourth attempt at trying to get some reasonable photos . On arrival the Geese were asleep behind the flooded field some four hundred metre's away.But after ninety minutes and a lot of patience it paid off as the sun came out they decided to come and join the flock of Greylags and feed around the waters edge.
Tundra Bean Geese.
Tundra Bean Geese.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Local Waxwings

Seven Waxwings present at Biddulph on the main road just north of Biddulph Arms pub.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Butterfly Farm

Another good couple of hours spent at Stratford Butterfly Farm.
Ghost Yellow (Eurema albula ).
Zebra Mosaic (Colobura dirce ).
And this stunning Swallowtail.

Monday, 31 October 2016

My Beaching Bows ......

Today was Willows first visit to the beach... It was only her third time out in the big wide world since she finished her injections .. With this in mind and her big sis Jess showing her the way we headed for the sea ..
The nerves went almost straight away and she ran her little heart out ...
Once the beach had emptied it was time to let her loose and go it alone ...
All was fine until she decide to follow big sis into the water and found that fleece coats and the sea don't mix !!!!!
Not impressed ...
Luckily it was really mild and spare coat was in car so off come soggy coat and harness.. Not to be put off she set off again ..
A good day was had by all .. Two beached out girls slept all the way home .. Until next week weather permitting we do it all over again ...
My Beaching Bows !!!!!