Sunday, 29 December 2013

Holme Fen NNR

Probably the best few hours spent in a hide. We saw Merlin, Great Grey Shrike, 4 Short-eared Owls, 2 Barn Owls and Marsh Harrier.

Kestrel
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Great Grey Shrike

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Lakenheath Fen

Apart from a distant male Hen Harrier, there was little to get excited about until sunset. As the sun began to set, hundreds of Starlings and thousands of Carrion Crow took to the sky, adding to the magical views. The photo below was taken with my phone.

Mute Swan


Monday, 25 November 2013

We've got a scope!

After years of considering purchasing a telescope, we finally decided that we would and it's been so worth it. It has added a new dimension to birdwatching for my Dad and I. In the past, birdwatching meant identifying different species and occasionally getting close views of something special. However, with the scope, we are brought considerably closer to the action and now find ourselves closely observing the behaviour and spectacular plumage of birds. My favourite moment with the scope so far has to be following two male and one female Hen Harriers at Wicken Fen for about twenty minutes before they went into roost. So I apologise for the lack of photos at times, as I'm beginning to prefer watching a bird closely rather than stressing over distant record shots. I also apologise for failing to post lately, I've finally got my act together and dived head first into my hundreds of untouched photos from the past three months.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Hyde Park

After locating the Tawny Owl's new tree from previous years, I found both male and female owls perched close together. I was with family and it was so nice seeing everyone so pleased watching the owls through the scope.

Tawny Owl


A very friendly Ring necked Parakeet (taken with my phone)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Lynford Arboretum

The highlights were Common Crossbill, Hawfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Bullfinch, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Treecreeper.

Common Crossbill

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Wicken Fen

Kestrel
Kestrel


Record shot of my first male Hen Harrier. There were two males and a female.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Hopefully worth the wait...

I have only recently had the time to sit down and look at my photos from the past two months. Apologies for the delay.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Monday, 26 August 2013

Lulworth Cove

Marbled White (my first ever)
Marbled White
Small Tortoiseshell
Large White
Wall



Sunday, 25 August 2013

Friday, 23 August 2013

Titchwell and Cley

Titchwell:

Bar-tailed Godwits
Ruff
White-cheeked Pintail
Goldfinch
Sanderling










Cley:

Common Sandpiper
Golden Plover
Red Admiral

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Minsmere

We visited the reserve twice during our week in Southwold. The second time was a very early start, but it was so worth it. A few of the photos were taken between Minsmere and Sizewell.

Bearded Tit (young bird)
Bittern
Clouded Yellow (our first ever)
Common Blue
Water Vole
Red Deer
Badger
Swallow
Seal
Peacocks
Small Copper
 Painted Lady
Gatekeeper
Small Skipper
Grayling
Greenshank and Lapwing
Greenshank and Little Egret
Migrant Hawker
Blue Tailed Damselfly
Silver Y
Hobby
Water Rail