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 !!!!!

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea photographed at Stratford Butterfly Farm.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Doxocopa laure is a new species for Stratford Butterfly farm originally from South America , both male and female were photographed today .
Doxocopa laure (female).
Doxocopa laure (male).
Doxocopa laure (underside).
The deep purple sheen is the result of light refracting from microscopic prismatic ridges on the surface of the scales only present on males , and is only seen when the butterfly is viewed from certain angles.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Kintyre

Our love of Scotland has this time brought us onto the Kintyre peninsula , to a lovely little cottage just outside Campbeltown. To be fair we had great weather a few months back last time in Scotland with 8 days of sunshine , and this week has been totally the opposite with rain every day and just small amounts of sunshine . It hasn't stopped us though just had to be in the right place when the sun did appear. One of the reasons for visiting this area was to visit the seabird observatory at Machrihanish.
It is manned daily from March to October by warden Eddie Maguire and what a guy. A mind of information and one of the friendliest persons you could ever wish to meet. The observatory is approximately 6 miles to the west of Campbeltown, just find Machrihanish village and look for the flag . Once inside its like an Aladdin's cave for birdwatchers everything including the kitchen sink . Now I thought I was fairly quick with my camera this guy saw three Knot flyby rattled three shots off and was looking at the images on the back of his camera before I had them in my sights , and all this while he was eating a piece of toast. The history of the place and the references to bird sightings and Eddies images on the wall are a must visit place for any birdwatchers in the area. Some images below from in and around the observatory.
Gannet.
Dunlin.
Twite.
Wheatear.
Common Seal.
Thanks Eddie for brightening up a rather grey week, keep up the work your doing my friend and get that revised book done see you next year. !!!!!!!!!!!! Birds seen from the MSBO during our visits. Gannet. Manx Shearwater. Razorbill. Shag. Cormorant. Knot. Dunlin. Ringed Plovers. Redshank. Eider Duck. Common Scoter. Red Breasted Merganser. Curlew. Oystercatcher. Twite. Northern and Greenland Wheatear. Rock Pipit. Peregrine Falcon. Buzzard. Grey Seal. Common Seal.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sanderling

Numbers of Sanderling are now starting to increase as birds return from their northern breeding grounds .