Friday, 10 November 2017

November 2017 A quiet walk around my own patch. Native Roe deer.

If you walk around quietly sometimes its surprising how you can catch wild Roe deer very relaxed.  You have to stop and stand quietly when they pay you attention and move slowly toward them.  Being down wind can be a big advantage but I must admit that did not go through my mind on this occasion.  I am still happy with these images.

Roe Deer doe.

Roe deer buck.
It was great to catch this buck asleep under a hedge.  I had to choose my moment to catch him with his eyes open!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

November 2017 a sunny morning trip to Slimbridge WWT

I thought I would have a trip to Slimbridge as the sky was clear and it looked like it was going to be a great day.  All of the images were taken from my favourite hide there the "Robbie Garnett" hide.
This is a great hide where the windows are wide enough and the sun comes from behind for most of the day.

A flock of Curlew across the "Tack Piece"

Part of thirteen cranes that flew past

Shoveler having a bathe

Whooper Swan
It was particularly great to get some images of Whooper Swans.  Slimbridge is particularly famous for its Bewicks Swans that visit in the winter, but these are a much rarer sight at Slimbridge.
Seeing a flight of thirteen Cranes' on a fly-past was an awesome sight and on its own made the trip worthwhile.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

November 2017 I still can resist a Red Kite with my camera.

These birds were so rare in my youth and are so great when they fly by, I don't think I will ever be able to resist getting a few images on every chance encounter!

Red Kite
This was taking at Hawling in the Cotswold Hills.

Monday, 30 October 2017

October 2017 It's always exciting when a Water Rail breaks cover.

These are really secretive little birds that spend most of their time hidden deep in the vegetation.  It is always exciting when they break cover and they seldom spend long in the open.  This one also made a lot of squealing calls when out of site.  It is said to be reminiscent of a weaner pig!

Water Rail

Water Rail
I really love these secretive elusive birds!

Monday, 23 October 2017

October 2017 One last Osprey picture. This one having a bathe!

This was just so exciting when this happened.  It just flew down from its perch and started to bathe.  I never thought I would ever witness this!

Bathe time

Sunday, 22 October 2017

October 2017 On holidays in Majorca the beautiful S'albufera Parc Natural

This is my third visit to Majorca and one of the main reasons I go back so often is the beautiful S'albufera Park Natural.  I love this park which is the largest wetland in the Balearic Islands and it is quite magical.  There are a large number of species to be seen and they have great facilities with quite a number of hides and viewing platforms.

Flamingo

Kentish Plover

Night Heron

Osprey
 It was quite a surprise to see a couple of flamingos drop into the wetland.  I have never seen this species there before.  The Night Herons can often be seen in the vegetation down the main canal as you walk in.  Kentish Plovers are quite numerous.  I had heard that an Osprey had been seen on a few days but I had to wait until my fourth visit before I managed to catch up with it.  The whole scrape of birds took rapid flight and there was the great noise of wing beats spreading along the scrape.  This beautiful Osprey then landed on the post in front of the hide.  This was just so exciting made all the more special by having to wait for it.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

October 2017 Passage Ruff in the UK

These birds breed in northern Europe but we get them on passage as they go through the UK.  There are very few that breed in the UK about ten pairs.  I always enjoy seeing them on passage as they are quite exotic birds.

Ruff

Ruff