Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ackling Dyke

Can you see it?

Zoomed in version

Sunday, February 26, 2012

W.Sussex / Hants

After 2 dips I had decided not to bother going again for the Paddyfield but a warming of the weather had seen it showing well. The next day I was down there watching it flycatching in the sunshine

Red-crested Pochard Chichester Gravel Pits

Next stop Gosport boating lake to see the returning adult Ring-billed Gull

Smaller billed cousin for comparison

Toward the end of the day I was on my way back home when Roger called to say he had relocated the Green-winged Teal at Farlington, so did an about turn.

Green Sandpiper. Bird 106

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Poole / Wareham 25th-29th Feb

Glossy Ibis Piddle Valley

Holes Bay Little Egret, 100th bird.

Record shot of Goosander at Lytchett Bay

Holes Bay again

Friday, February 17, 2012

More twitching

News of a Yellowthroat had me heading off to South Wales. Didnt get there till mid morning but managed to catch up with it only a few minutes after arriving. Unfortunately people had been chasing it all around the fields for the past couple of hours continually flushing it so by the time I had arrived it had been decided that everybody had to stand way back in the field. This was clearly a better arrangement but meant photos were distant.

Straight from here down to Devon to connect with the Red-breasted Goose at Exminster. Still havent got the hang of my pocket Canon settings so things here a bit burnt out

Grey Wag in Dawlish car park

Another one of those extremely ropey record shots. Can you see what it is?

Continued south to Cornwall
Eventually managed to track down the rather elusive adult Glauc at Newlyn Harbour

Kittiwake hanging around

Loafing adult GBBG

Here are the best shots I could manage of the female Bufflehead at Helston Loe Pool which remained stubbornly on the opposite side of the lake. Did try and gain access from the other side but access roads were private and didnt have time for a long walk.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hume's again

Third trip to try and photograph the Hume's today. Although seeing it on the first two visits, never got close to getting a photo. Today's visit started promisingly for a decent photo as I had located it in the camp site after about 10 mins. However as last time it just wouldnt show properly, keeping very low and out of sight. After over 2 hours of chasing it around the light was soon fading, however it did become more active. In the last throws of dusk eventually managed to grab a couple of images. These have been severely lightened from the very dark original shots but you can kind of see what it is
Bird number 90.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

14th Feb

Spot Sand at Fishermans Bank. Clean unmarked tertials, rather broad based fleshy coloured bill and yellowy legs showing well here.

You can see the shorter wing bar here, although the line of pale covert tips could possibly give the impression the bar was continuing further toward the body

This rather more distant shot shows the feature better

Dark markings can be seen here around the vent/lower belly area. I assumed that it was starting to moult into summer plumage but apparently this is normal for a winter plumaged bird. Mind you they are not exactly nice black spots, more like brown mud splashes really

Off to Harbridge for some Swans. This Bewick's seems to be enjoying itself

Now its trying to conduct an orchestra

Whooper rather less active

One of those other ones

Also had a look in at Blashford where Lesser Redpoll and Siskin were also additions to the photographic yearlist

This Mealy also made a brief appearance