Tuesday, 16 January 2018
I have just had a thought that as a bird photographer it is very easy to get species prejudice and you could easily get too fixed on getting images of a target species. I was really hoping to capture some more images of the Kingfisher that I saw yesterday. I got some nice images of a Grey Wagtail and I would have really been happy with these if I hadn't had such a fixation. Lesson to myself, you can only get images of birds that are there. Be flexible and happy if other birds turn up instead!
I really like this ones prime condition and pose.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
This really was a short look to see if the local Kingfishers are back on patch. The light never came brighter as forecast but never the less these are always exciting birds to see.
I think this was enough of a taster to get back there and hopefully get some more images.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
There has been many reported sightings of Hawfinch in the UK this winter. From reports they would seem to be everywhere. I made a special trip to a known site for them in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire to check this out, as I have yet to see any myself this year. After about 30mins of waiting they started to appear searching through the leaf litter under the trees.
They have such thick strong looking bills that you can easily imagine them dealing with any seeds in their diet. They are amazing birds to see and well worth the early start to see them.
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
I thought to start the new year I would have a trip to Slimbridge WWT in Gloucestershire UK. This is a great way to blow the cob-webs off. There is a very special part of this reserve for me called the "Tack-Piece" and it did not disappoint. There were thousands of wildfowl and waders out there. It is so spectacular.
This is such a great place it will not be long until I'm back there.
|Mainly Golden Plover - Spectacular|
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
There is something really charismatic about the Great Grey Shrike. I love the way they sit high on bushes looking out for prey. I am always amazed at the reports of different prey they catch, voles lizards, newts and small birds. To me they just don't seem big enough but the must be very feisty hunters with plenty of aggression. An amazing bird to see and near to my Cotswolds home too!
As always I could never resist getting a few images of a Red Kite as they pass by.
|Great Grey Shrike on the lookout.|
|Under carriage down - Red Kite|
Monday, 18 December 2017
It was so near to home that I could not resist a short trip to try and find the Penduline tit that has been reported on a local reserve. After an hour of waiting and searching it finally turned up. A lovely bird to see and also catch up with a few birding buddies while I was there.
It is also great to find a new local reserve that is easy to get to, with good parking. I will definitely visit there again.
|Saluting his followers|
Thursday, 14 December 2017
I got a notification that there was a male Goosander on my local park lake at Pittville Cheltenham. This is only a few minutes drive away from my home. So it was grab my gear and off to the lake within a few minutes. I spotted the Goosander as soon as I arrived. What a handsome bird and it was great to get some images. Even the light had improved during my journey.
This really is a handsome bird and I was well pleased to spend some time with it.
|Male Goosander looking serene|
|Time to stretch those wings|