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

Friday, 23 November 2012

Cemetery Avenue Fatal for Waxwing

In Sheffield, Cemetery Avenue is often a good spot for Waxwings.  This year there are huge numbers around the city, probably well over 1000, with 100-150 visiting this street at the moment.

A recent Saturday produced over 100 birds late in the morning.  The birds came to feed regularly from the taller trees on the road.  Cautious but not shy, the Waxwings would drop down quickly for a brief feeding frenzy on the Rowan berries before moving back up. The larger the flock, the more apprehensive and flighty they seem to become, as a result they often quickly move on.


 
 

Unfortunately the birds are feeding only feet from the windows of adjacent houses.  As the large flock went up one time, a huge bang was the sound of one bird flying straight into what it thought was clear sky.  Having hit the window it was killed immediately and fell to the ground.

Inspection of the bird shows its true beauty, the detail on the wing is fascinating to see.  In particular, the red drops extending from the secondaries show where its name is derived - the red drops of sealing wax.

 
 




The bird is now residing in my freezer.



Friday, 2 November 2012

Autumn Images

Here are a few images from a couple of all-too-brief October visits to the Norfolk coast, and a day at unique Spurn Point in East Yorkshire.

A grey early morning at Snettisham, North Norfolk, with a high tide pushing the waders towards the shore:

 
 
 
 
 
 
A single Knot:
 
 
 
 
 
Little Egret at Titchwell, North Norfolk:


 
 
 
 
 
Sanderlings:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bearded Tit at Cley, North Norfolk:
 
 
 
 
 
At Spurn in East Yorkshire, whilst looking for a Black Redstart, I came across this beautiful male Red-breasted Flycatcher on the beach.  I believe this arrived following a heavy hail storm a few minutes earlier:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Black Redstart: 
 
 
 
Short-eared Owl, at dusk, Kilnsea, East Yorkshire: