Tuesday, 16 January 2018

January 2018 Grey Wagtail while waiting for a Kingfisher

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!

Grey Wagtail
I really like this ones prime condition and pose.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

January 2018 Kingfisher in our local park in Cheltenham

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.

Male Kingfisher
I think this was enough of a taster to get back there and hopefully get some more images.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

January 2018 Enjoying the Hawfinch eruption in the UK

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.

Male Hawfinch

tFemale Hawfinch
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

January 2018 Some new year birding therapy at Slimbridge WWT

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.

Mainly Golden Plover - Spectacular

Northern Pintail

Male Pochard
This is such a great place it will not be long until I'm back there.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

December 2017 A Rare bird in the Uk and the Costwolds the Great Grey Shrike

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!

Great Grey Shrike on the lookout.

Under carriage down - Red Kite
As always I could never resist getting a few images of a Red Kite as they pass by.

Monday, 18 December 2017

December 2017 Rare bird in Gloucestershire, the Penduline tit

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.

Saluting his followers

Penduline tit
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.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

December 2017 Goosander on my local park lake

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.

Male Goosander looking serene

Time to stretch those wings

Lovely sunlight
This really is a handsome bird and I was well pleased to spend some time with it.