Monday, 25 April 2016

Nuthatch

Of all the birds I have photographed over the years the Nuthatch has to be one of my favourite subjects , its lively antics are a joy to watch and can be a real challenge to capture on camera . The past few years I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and below are some of the images I have taken , hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wood Warbler Staffs

A report of a Wood Warbler at Ford Green NR this morning got me twitching as its only a 15 minute journey from home . It was found by Gerald Brereton so there was no doubt about its identity . On arrival a small group of birders / photographers were present with the bird showing in a small copse by the stream unfortunately looking into the sun. It started to sing and moved over to the other side of the stream were it showed reasonably well in better light. Its only my third local bird in last five years and well worth the wait.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Moorlands Kite

While driving around the North Staffs moors today we came across this stunning Red Kite being mobbed by a Buzzard , needles to say who won the tussle .

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Frosty Start

This Swallow was captured this morning resting on a frosty fence catching the early morning sun , all the way from sunny Africa to a cold and frosty Staffordshire.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

March or April

Mad march Hares in April.

Rouzel North Staffs

A couple of male Ring Ouzel,s have been around Wedgewood Monument Red Street Talke north Staffs now for a few days so this morning myself and Tracey paid a visit. They took some finding as a female and single male appeared from around the gorse scrub but they were very mobile and elusive. A few record shots of the male were taken from some distance away but the female was having none of it and could not be approached at all diving for cover in the gorse.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Brambling

Three stunning male Bramblings taken at Hanchurch Woods this afternoon , around twenty birds can be seen coming to a small feeding station within the wood.

Hanchurch Wood

After a few weeks off from photography due to a house move we decided to take a break and spent the afternoon at Hanchurch Woods, where thanks to a lovely dedicated chap there is now a small feeding station by the stone monument ..... Some of the birds who visit include Brambling , Nuthatch , Woodpecker and a host of Chaffinch ....

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Trip to Worcester ...

Due to a bad shoulder this is the first time I have picked up my camera for over two months ... But with seening photos a good friend of ours Pete had been taking of Short Eared owls down in Worcester it was too much an opportunity to miss.. We arrived there just as the fog was lifting and thanks to Petes directions and other birders that had already spotted the owls we were soon looking at six owls roosting in the hedges ... With the morning been damp and dull the owls were in no rush to move so four hours later and a helping hand off Petes super lens I only managed to get a few shots of them in hedges ... Frost bite setting in i decided to head off back to the car for a hot coffee and left Steve and Pete waiting for them to fly only to find after ten mins of getting to car they obliged and they both got some cracking shots of the owls sitting on posts ... But here are my not so good shots

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Worcestershire Shorties

Myself and Trace decided to meet up with a friend of ours Pete Walkden after seeing some of his amazing Short eared Owl shots taken over the past week down in Worcestershire . Armed with our passports we crossed the border and was on site by 8-30 , and with expert directions from Pete we were soon looking at six shorties , the fog had almost lifted by now but the light was not good . Pete must have had a lie in as he arrived around 9-00 and just as all the shorties decided to disperse . Three came back later only to sit in the hedge giving excellent views but pants for photography , Pete and Trace decided to take some record shots suppose it was something to do really me I was waiting for the post shots . And wait we did around 5 hours later and after Trace was that cold she legged it back to the warmth of the car and a coffee, they decided to fly around and hunt and use the nearby posts to perch .
They stayed there distance at first but you could just sense that out of six birds one would venture just that little bit closer.
We decided to split up so Pete headed out across the field after one that was quartering along a hedgerow some 300yds away while I decided to stay put . Pete soon called to say one was showing well albeit not a good background but sometimes you just have to get whats on offer.
Some five and half hours had gone by and my stomach thought my throat had been cut to put it another way I was starving. The perched shortie had flown all the other photographers made there way back to there cars but we had another ace to play , we new where that shortie was heading . And bingo on a post all alone one stunning bird and just me and Pete the rest is history.
Some fifty shots later it was time to get back to Trace who was sitting in the car on e bay of course and then off for a pub lunch. We had an excellent day with Pete the banter was good the photography worked out well and the food was interesting but that's another story. Cheers mate for another good day.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year

Myself and Tracey would like to wish all our friends and follower's of this blog a very Happy New Year and a wildlife filled 2016.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Rudyard Shag Staffs.

A juvenile Shag was found and photographed late yesterday afternoon at Rudyard Lake Staffordshire by a friend of mine Richard Powell . It was a little to late in the day to have a look also the weather was crap so we decided to go have a look today with sunshine forecast and a little less breezy conditions. On arrival we found it perched on one of the sailing boats some 80mts out in the bay at the dam end of the reservoir.
I asked at the fishing lodge if it was ok to go onto the pontoons to get a little closer ,I got talking to a couple of fishermen on the pontoons who told me that the juvenile Shag had been present for at least two to three weeks . This record coincides with a small influx into the midlands during strong gale force winds over that period , and which some of these birds are still present today on midlands waters. After a few minutes the bird started to fish and started to swim closer and closer to the pontoons giving some excellent opportunities for close up photography.

Friday, 25 December 2015

MERRY XMAS

To everyone who follows this blog myself and Tracey would like to wish everyone a Merry Xmas and a wildlife filled New Year.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

West Kirby

We decided to visit West Kirby marine lake this morning to try and photograph a Great Northern Diver that has been present now for about two weeks. On arrival the conditions were not ideal with strong winds and the promise of a shower or two ,the shower came and Tracey legged it back to the car my mistake I decided to stick it out and yes I got soaked I thought this supposed to be a enjoyable hobby . The diver was at the northern end of the lake mainly fishing amongst the pontoons but was easly spooked by nearby dog walkers and joggers. The secret was to get onto the pontoons without the diver seing you easier said than done but once there the right shot was on if only you could find it amongst the waves it was like being in a washing machine . I managed a couple of reasonable images before another rain cloud came and this time I decided to head for the comfort of the car myself.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

No Viking Invasion

It looks like we are not going to have a Waxwing invasion year this year with only a handful of birds noted mainly up north.
Waxwing.
Waxwing.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Colours of Autumn ......

Its that time of year again when the trees show their best colours... But with all the bad weather we have had its a case of picking your moments to take a few chance shots of colour before the wind takes its toll ....