Monday, 23 May 2016

Mothing Again

After moving into our new house a couple of months ago we decided it was about time to put the moth trap out . We finished our old home with around three hundred species for just over two years so here we go again.
Alder Kitten.
Iron Prominent.
Pale Tussock.
Peppered Moth.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Red Grouse

Red Grouse on the north Staffs Moors can be found almost anywhere , we usually drive around early mornings and just see what appears ,they are very photogenic when captured in the right light .

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Kestrel

Another one of this confiding roadside Kestrel.

Stonechat

This stunning male Stonechat took time out to pose for a couple of photo,s .

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Staffordshire Moors

Living so close to the Staffordshire Moors gives great opportunities to select individual subjects to photograph . Just driving around you will come across Red Grouse , Wheatear , Stonechat , Curlew , Raven , Golden Plover and the list goes on . With clear skies and camera at the ready Stonechats were the first subjects we came across , and below is a small selection from todays trip.

Kestrel

This male Kestrel was photographed from the car as it gave excellent views hunting close to the road .

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Moors Birding

A good morning around the moors today with all the usual suspects you would expect to find . Ring Ouzel , Wheatear , Stonechat , Red Grouse , Dipper , Grey Wagatil , Curlew , Raven , Golde Plover , Peregrine and a couple of Spot Fly,s .
Peregrine.
Wheatear.
Spotted Flycatcher.
And when you get a look like that from the other half you know its time to go !!!!!

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 ....