Monday, 7 May 2018

The Bog - Jay caught in flight

A random mooch around 'The Bog' didn't produce an awful lot although I did see my first Large Red Damselflies of the year! A Jay was fly-hopping through some scrub so I picked a spot where I guessed he would appear and my luck was in! Here's half a second's worth of action...




I was hoping for one of the burst to be free from clutter and it nearly was...




There wasn't a lot else and it was baking hot, an ice cream beckoned...

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Venus Pool - Mandarin finale

Having spent nearly 14 hours here the previous (BIG) day, I wasn't exactly dashing down to the water with a spring in my step! And annoyingly (24 hours late) the first bird I clocked eyes on would have been useful - a drake Mandarin!

Looking drop dead gorgeous and lusting after every single female duck (sometimes male too !




A right royal display...




But this drake Gadwall was having none of it!


And neither was his missus...


And as the light was fading in the seriously slow shutter low light, I created this artistic masterpiece...



Or maybe I wasn't expecting a flight shot to happen...

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Bridges - Flycatchers

A quick check of the brook near Bridges and the Darnford valley after the Longmynd turned up several Pied Flycatchers mostly males with a couple of females ...

Viewed from the rear...


Or obligingly head on...



Plus an early pair of Spotted Flycatchers always high up in the canopy!


Never mind Spring, a blast of Summer is imminent!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Polemere - Dunlin

A pretty good passage day saw absolutely nothing drop in at VP but Polemere at least had some mud on view and there you go, a Dunlin stopping off and keeping a Common Sandpiper company


Wish this moment had been closer!


They spent much of the time chasing each other around!


Save your energy for migration mate...

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Longmynd - Whinchat and co.

Prime time for Dotterel on the Longmynd is usually 1st May + / - a few days so visits at this time of year can pay dividends. There were no Dotterel to be seen sadly but a freshly arrived female Whinchat was surely worth an image or two?




And whilst the light wasn't helpful early on, this male - one of a dozen or so Wheatear was briefly obliging!


But maybe the stars of the show for imagery were the humble Meadow Pipits, as the light improved dramatically!


Always on the go...


But once in a while pausing to look me in the eye!


I'll be back!


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Hadnall - Whimbrel sorting Leatherjackets

It's easy to go a whole year without seeing Whimbrel in the Shire and this was my third for the month! A nice find and patch tick for Ian Baggely :-)

A composite sequence of events...



Probe and catch Leatherjacket...


Toss and eat it!


Repeat...

but I wont bore you! It was coming ever closer until flushed!! A few images from the Scottish Highlands to follow in due course... watch this space!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Lossie estuary - Osprey floundering?

After briefly seeing two Ospreys in quick succession distantly down the river, it wasn't long before the tell-tale flushing of the gulls indicated one was returning and this time - much closer!!


After hovering briefly, it drifted downriver...




Before turning and once more hovering right in front of me!




Is this really happening?


It drifted upriver a bit before taking me by surprise and plunging in the now quite shallow water! Emerging with a flatfish, probaly a Flounder which are commonly caught here...


I was hoping it would double back and fly over me but no such luck, it carried the fish over the river!








And eventually out of sight over the dunes...


Catch of the day and an excellent moment to witness!