Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010

Spoonbill

Spoonbill
Spoonbill: Birdguides Photo of the Year 2012 Runner-up

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Rock Hard - Eastern Black Redstart

Who would have thought when this Eastern Black Redstart turned up in Cleveland in late October last year it would spend the whole winter on the rocks of this east coast beach.

Nearly 150 days later it is still present, having endured the harsh conditions of a winter at Skinningrove.  An amazing bird.





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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Cliff Swallow!

A couple of images of the superb Cliff Swallow from Minsmere in early November... 

First identified late on the Friday afternoon, it was very likely to be present the next morning.  After a very early start and we arrived at Minsmere in the dark. A bit if a gamble as to where to go for dawn soon found us positioned in the Bittern Hide. An Otter provided the first action as it came from under the hide into the water giving great views.  Soon afterwards the inevitable phone call came through - "its over the car park"! The exodus from the hide was reminiscent of the Romans leaving Brian's house in The Life Of Brian.

Fortunately after a quick sprint back it was soon located and performed well for at least two hours accompanying around 7 Eurasian Swallows.




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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Short-eared Owls Return

I found these Short-eared Owls at Staines Moor in Surrey almost a year to the day that I photographed a pair at the same location.










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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Siberian Accentor and a Classic Autumn Day at Spurn

After leaving Shetland just before Britain's first Siberian Accentor was found, I wasn't going to miss a second chance when one turned up at Easington in East Yorkshire a few days later.

Staying in Yorkshire made it easy to get there pre-dawn and be at the front of the queue when the praying started to ensure it was still present.  In the gloom of dawn we could soon make out a shape with enough colour visible to confirm its presence. It was already feeding in its preferred location.

First view of Britain's second Siberian Accentor...



As the light got marginally better (it was grey and drizzling), it proved hard to photograph, but that didn't really matter.




After spending some time in Easington, it was down to the Spurn area where is turning into a classic autumn day with some superb birds present.

This Pallas's Warbler was trapped and released mid-morning.


Lesser Redpolls and one of hundreds of Goldcrest in the trapping area:





Near the beach, a couple of Shore Larks:






An unusually showy Dusky Warbler by the canal:





On the way out, another look for the Siberian Accentor found it feeding almost out of view in the gas terminal.  However, it soon flew back to its previous location and briefly perched up on a post for a superb final view of it.





Shetland Images, October 2016

Some images from a recent October visit to Shetland:

Dawn over Lerwick, a great way to arrive:


Exceptionally calm conditions in Scalloway:


Sheltie and Son:



This nice Bluethroat showed well on and off at Laxo, Mainland:




Just down the road, a nice Red-backed Shrike was found thanks to a very friendly resident whose garden it was frequenting.




Back in Lerwick Harbour, a few Black Guillies were close in and a Hooded Crow was loitering:








Day 2 brought the highlight of the week - 200 people with their heads in a bush. What's going on here then?



Far too close for my lens, but this great video from CVLBirders shows the star attraction - a superb Lanceolated Warbler.



Back in Scalloway, a Rose Coloured Starling was easier to locate, hanging around a garden feeder:






During a quiet morning at Sumburgh hundreds of Fulmars were present:





On to the beautiful St. Ninien's Island on the west coast, which has the UKs largest tombola (sand bar) between the Mainland and the island itself:



A vocal Sanderling and a Ringed Plover on the tombola:





St Ninian's Island:








On northerly Unst, the famous bus stop at Baltasound:




Near Skaw at the top of the UK:






Wood Warbler in the UKs most northerly wood at Halligarth, Baltasound


Twite and Little Bunting at Norwick.



Something I haven't come across for a while, a young Hedgehog on the roadside





Back on Mainland, Scalloway at night:



Lesser Redpolls and Yellow-browed Warbler found at Sumburgh Head:




 Maybe they're heading for Fair Isle, follow the arrow....26 miles to go.



Just to prove these road signs are there for a reason:








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