Friday, 29 March 2019

Days of contrasting fortunes

Friday 29th March 2019

A day of decision regarding the E U , or perhaps not. Birding also requires decisions.Yesterday was relatively easy: get up early, no shower, no breakfast early and head south to look for a White Stork ( a real one). I had a rough idea where I was going in the Granborough valley but was relieved to locate a small group of cars in the middle of nowhere. Had to be Birders and yes there was Lee Evans with Mobile stuck to his ear hurrying along obviously on a mission. Good man to follow, seems to know what he's doing, which is more than I did. I'll follow at a respectful distance. But wait, he's stopped, hes coming back. A brief word as other Birders arrive 'its in the next village',Sawbridge, apparently. The treasure hunt begins, just four cars,but all eager to track down our quarry. Eventually we stop to look at some trees quite close to the road and there it is, perched on top of the tallest tree giving excellent views and opportunities for photography.

White Stork, Sawbridge

By contrast today was  disappointing . A migrant search taking in a number of sites in North Warks. was completely fruitless.  A reliable sighting of a Ring Ouzel came to nothing even after a search of likely habitat and not a Wheatear in sight, anywhere.Tomorrow, there will be a 'good' bird tomorrow.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Alvecote pools - some recent highlights

Wednesday 20th March 2019

A few of the recent highlights at Alvecote pools.

Whooper Swans

Great White and Little Egrets

Ferruginous duck with Tufted duck

Friday, 4 January 2019

Review - 2018

Friday 4th January 2019

So we start 2019 with a Top ten photos of the year just past. Not a particularly great year for photos but a few nice birds scattered here and there.

A very local Firecrest, In January

Horned Lark, January somewhere near Heathrow Airport


Demoiselle Cranes, Kazakhstan, June


Pallas's Gull, Kazakhstan, June


Black Lark, Kazakhstan, June

Lesser grey Shrike, Kazakstan, June

Audouin's Gull, Menorca, August

Mediterranean Flycatcher, Menorca, August

Common Rosefinch, Shetland Isles, October

Red breasted Flycatcher, Shetland Isles, October