Monday, 15 September 2014

The serenity of a Swan







Swans do make a good subject for a photographer numpty like me. They are big and tend not to swim or fly away at the first sight of you, enabling a close proximity between subject and photographer. This young Mute Swan was one of 4 at Baston Fen the other day, feeding on the river which lies alongside the nature reserve.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Lesser Grey Shrike at Shingle Street, Part 2









You're looking the wrong way!
As promised, the rest of the 'better' photographs from my recent 'twitch' to Suffolk. Digital photography is a wonderful thing, enabling me to take over 500 photos and delete the vast majority of 'dross' to be left with these few slightly better than 'dross' images.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Lesser Grey Shrike at Shingle Street in Suffolk


Have spent most of the day in deepest, darkest Suffolk. Shingle Street to be exact, a small hamlet on the coast which is famous for attracting lots of migrants. This Lesser Grey Shrike was first reported yesterday and was a lifer for me, so with having some free time today I went and 'twitched' this rarity.

On arrival at the site there was disappointing news in the way of a negative report. I decided to trudge to the beach area anyway, where there were a few birders looking hopefully on the nearby bushes. On the way I met a man and a lady who had just seen it, but it had flown over the other side of the river, where they were going to next to try and track it down. I thought that I would hang around where I was in the hope that it might come my way. On scanning the distance I noticed a shrike like blob on the top of a bramble bush, immediately looking through my scope I could see that it was the bird, hurrah! I managed to get the assembled birders onto it and we all enjoyed good, but distant views.

A true 'record' shot if ever there was one!
The bird was indeed on the other side of the river and so, after enjoying the views at distance I decided to walk back to where I had come from and back up the other bank. Me and a few other birders managed to get quite close which enabled some better views and closer photos.




The bird was seen hunting on numerous occasions, catching large quantities of bumblebees as can be seen (hopefully) in the first photo and was showing exceptionally well. I have only gone through a few photos at the moment, so I may come back and bore you, dear reader, with some more after I have waded through the hundreds of images on my memory card.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Red-necked Grebe at Rutland Water






This bird has been present at Rutland Water for a few days now and has given me the chance to catch up with a bird that I have only ever seen twice before. It was hanging around at the dam end of the reservoir and showing very well amidst the gloom and damp of a fine summer evening. A bird that is more common around the coast where a few hundred overwinter each year.

Showing the difference in size and appearance to the more 'common' Great Crested Grebe.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Juvenile Reed Warbler







There are still juvenile birds about being fed by their ever willing parents. None more so than these two juvenile Reed Warblers. Notice the short tail on the top photo, almost 'Wren' like.