Monday, 28 July 2014

Night Heron, Seeswood pool revisited, again

Monday 28th July 2014
Got a bit lucky this afternoon. Enjoyed a brief but rewarding 3rd visit to Seeswood pool. I was chatting to a fisherman when the Night Heron flew out of the Willows at the end of the pool to land in clear view opposite me on the far bank. It was lucky as the bird soon moved back to be partially obscured by a number of dead branches.
Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Warks.
Night Heron
Night Heron

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pacific Golden Plover - Middleton Lakes RSPB

26th July 2014
I was planning on another quiet day as my car was playing up and wouldn't be sorted till Tuesday. News that Geoff Williams had found an interesting Golden Plover at the Jubilee Wetlands, the central area of Middleton Lakes RSPB aroused some interest and I even checked my records to find although I'd seen Pacific and American GPs in the Greater Midlands region I hadnt seen either in the West Mids.  I also needed shaking out of my mid-summer lethargy. So it was worth risking the car as long as I kept the speed down. I decided to take the Telescope rather than the Camera. This turned out to be a mistake as the bird was showing well at a reasonable distance, well enough for my typical 'blog shots' anyway, and the heat haze wasnt as bad as I'd anticipated. It was good to see so many familiar faces at 'the twitch' enjoying good views of a rarely seen bird.
An appreciative Gallery
Apologies for the youngsters in the front
Pacific Golden Plover, Middleton Lakes RSPB
Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover

Friday, 25 July 2014

Night Heron, Seeswood Pool - revisited

24th July 2014
A few more images of the Night Heron at Seeswood pool, Nuneaton
Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Nuneaton
Night Heron
Night Heron

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Nuneaton

Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Since retirement I thought I'd rid myself of 'meetings' but today one caught up with me which I couldn't avoid, just as word came through that a Night Heron had been found up the road at Seeswood Pool, Nuneaton. I was consoled by the Knowledge that I had seen Night Heron in Warwickshire before and the fact the one found last year found close by at Atherstone had escaped from Twycross Zoo. As it happened the meeting in Leamington finished in plenty of time to get over to Seeswood by late afternoon. Having parked up I headed for the N.E. corner as directed but was surprised to see birders on the far bank looking in my direction, Ooops. I walked back very gingerly praying I didnt flush the bird. I didnt, but I had to walk right round the pool to view from the opposite bank and get some 'record'shots.
Night Heron, Seeswood pool, Nuneaton
Night Heron
Night Heron
Night Heron

Friday, 18 July 2014

Great White Egret, Middleton Lakes RSPB

18th July 2014
A few images of the Great White Egret at Fishers Mill/New Reed bed pit, Middleton Lakes RSPB
Great White Egret, Fisher's Mill, Middleton Lakes RSPB
Gt. white Egret, frequently harassed by Grey Herons.
Great white Egret
Reed warbler
Great white Egret

Monday, 14 July 2014

Week's Round-up

Mon 7th July - Sunday 13th July
A rather lazy week in Birding terms. I visited a few local sites but without any real conviction. The patch walk around Caldecote produced a family of Kestrels but little else with crops growing well the resident breeding species were keeping low and only Butterflies were visible in good numbers on the rough pasture.
A couple of visits to Alvecote pools produced juvenile Common Redstart, Sedge warbler, Common Whitethroat, Bullfinch and Reed Buntings in the hedges around Mill pool. While the highlight from 2 visits to Brandon Marsh Nature reserve were a pair of juvenile Water Rail, Hobby, Green Sandpiper, Little ringed and Ringed plovers.
Juvenile Whitethroat, Alvecote pools
Kingfisher, Brandon Marsh
Green Sandpiper, Brandon Marsh

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Selected Species List - Ural Mts. Russia 2014

A selected list of the species seen (does not incl. species seen by other members of the group or 'common' species)
Honey Buzzard, Hazel Grouse, Great Snipe, Oriental Turtle Dove, Oriental Cuckoo, Olive backed Pipit,Citrine Wagtail, Wryneck, Bluethroat, Red flanked Bluetail, Siberian Rubythroat, Siberian Stonechat, Black throated Thrush, Lanceolated Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Booted Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Yellow browed Warbler, Siberian Tit, Long tailed Rosefinch, Pine Grosbeak, Two barred Crossbill, Little Bunting.

The Ural Mts. Russia. June 2014