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|Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 3:15||comments (2)|
A visit to Big Waters when everything was frozen meant that there was not much action on the lake - but there were plenty of visitors to the feeding station. Eight different species posed on the same perch for me over a period of an hour or so. Very obliging!
1. Blue Tit
4. Great Tit
5. Reed Bunting
7. Willow Tit
|Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 10:40||comments (0)|
The first post of 2018. I'm not sure if I am making a determined effort for 200 UK birds this year - but I might as well count them anyway.
January 10th and I'm on 63.
I went to Wallington NT yesterday to the hide and feeding station hoping to see Brambling. That's where I had good views last year - good enough for this bonny bird to appear in Calendar 2018.
Not lucky this time - but still plenty going on. Mostly tits and finches - but also a Field Vole (I think) and a mole hill erupting like Vesuvius in front of me (but no sight of Moley).
I was pleased to snap Sparrowhawk, Marsh Tit and Goldcrest. Though it was incredibly dark - so to get pictuures at f5.6, 1/400 I had to boost the ISO to 12,800. Hence a horrible lot of 'noise' in these pictures. But never mind, it was still a good morning...
|Posted on 18 November, 2017 at 3:30||comments (0)|
I can't believe it is 4 months since I posted on this Blog! No wonder no-one follows it... Excuse? I've been posting pictures to my Facebook page (and had forgotten about this page if I'm honest). But for all 'non-Facebookers' here are some November pictures.
A Grey Phalarope stayed next to South Shields pier for quite a while; Snow Buntings were also there (which was handy); I had good views of a group of 5 Snipe at Shibdon Pond; a male Sparrowhawk (unsuccessfully) dropped into the feeding station at Big Waters: and the Willow Tit the Sparrowhawk was trying to catch!
|Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:35||comments (0)|
Dark Green Fritillary
Six-spot Burnet Moth
|Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:20||comments (0)|
Gosh - can't believe it is April since I posted here. Back in May we visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with our bird-watching group. I got a picture of a 'woolly bear' - the caterpillar of the Garden Tiger Moth. Last weekend Julia and I were back on the island with our choir as we were singing in the island's music festival. We made time for a walk around the island as well. We saw a Garden Tiger Moth in exactly the same place as we saw the caterpillar. Coincidence - or not? We also saw quite a few other moths and butterflies...
|Posted on 25 April, 2017 at 10:50||comments (0)|
First day of the bird watching class's summer course today. Summer? There was a whistling North wind that made 'long johns' the order of the day. However we were rewared for our persistence. Lots of Avocets on Cresswell Pond with a really bright Yellowhammer on the boardwalk as we approached the hide.
Near the causeway were the first Wheatears of the season and from the hide at Druridge Pools we saw a vagrant Green-winged Teal. All the usual suspects were there too - including: Shoveler, Red-breasted Merganser, Snipe, Pintail, Gadwall and 5 Little Egrets.
The real bonus was a very good view of a Yellow Wagtail.
Julia and I lingered a bit after the class dismissed and saw Sand Martins and a Common Swift. A pair of Reed Buntings also posed for the camera.
|Posted on 13 April, 2017 at 11:40||comments (0)|
I took a trip to Rainton Meadows in Durham today - haven't been there for ages. Totally dead - apart from Mallard, Mute Swan, Coot etc. I came back via Washington WWT which was a bit of a mistake because a LEGO event meant that it was overrun by CHILDREN!!
However the Avocets are a delight. There was also a good group of Godwits - which I am struggling to identify. After much perusal I've gone for Black-tailed (until someone tells me I'm wrong).
I also heard a strong song which I thought I recognised - Blackcap I thought... And blow me down, I was right!
|Posted on 11 April, 2017 at 6:25||comments (0)|
As mentioned in the previous posting I had wonderful views of the Barn Owl at Cresswell. Here is just one picture - to encourage you to look at the gallery elsewhere on this site..
|Posted on 11 April, 2017 at 6:15||comments (0)|
I've been to East Chevington/Druridge Pools/Cresswell a few times recently and have been able to add to my year list with some unexpected birds - particularly Water Pipit and Spoonbill. I have also had good views of the breeding Marsh Harriers and a spectacular sighting of the Cresswell farm Barn Owl (he gets a whole page to himself elsewhere on the site).
These pics are definitely 'record shots' - they do what it says on the tin - record that I DID see the bird... (146 this year now)
|Posted on 6 April, 2017 at 0:10||comments (0)|
John James, the owner of Riverside Falconry at Newburn, kindly offered a day's photography with his birds of prey via his Facebook page. All you had to do was nominate someone who you thought would enjoy this experience and he would pick the winner at random. My friend Chris Bland nominated me - and I won!
So, on Monday 3rd April, I went down to see him and his beautiful birds.
Here is a shot of each of the birds we used:
Brown Wood Owl
Bengal Eagle Owl