Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ring

Another venture up Druridge Bay on another sunny day. Ring-necked Duck back at Hauxley, just out of the lenses reach, and then at Druridge a Great White Egret consorting with a Little Egret...

3 Little Egret closer to home.




Saturday, 25 March 2017

Ducks

An early morning venture to Killingworth didn't produce the Ferruginous Duck, but a couple of Scaup were nice. Up north, the drake Ring-necked Duck relocated to East Chevington, distantly mixing with the Slavonian Grebe and Whooper Swans...







Saturday, 11 March 2017

Short Stories



Its' not been a very SEO winter, so news of returning birds up the coast enabled a post nightshift wander. Up to three in the air at once, parading in front of a steady stream of owlers'... Peregrine stationed on the usual spot too.

Other fodder on ofter - Pacific Diver (awake, contrary to recent reports), Slavonian Grebe, plenty of Great-crested Grebe in their finery, Scaups a many, and a couple of Avocet. 

Little Egret continue nearer home, with 4 on 5th March and 2 on 10th March.



Saturday, 21 January 2017

Loon!


Back in 2008 I was fortunate enough to be able to twitch the UKs first Pacific Diver in Yorkshire on 12th January. Roll on nine years and with a handful of other UK records, Northumberland scores one! 

It was cold and frosty morning at East Chevington, and despite sometimes being the closest bird in the north east corner of the pool, the diver was always a tad too distant, as the eastern side was frozen. 

A couple of fly arounds granted opportunity for a  couple of images ...



And I was quite happy with that... so off to the beach for a catch up with the 7 Shorelark - feeding at the burn mouth alone with c45 Twite. Nice day.

Heading back to the car a message came through that the diver had moved to nearby Druridge Bay County Park - it would be rude not to look...

It was apparent that the diver was heading to the western corner, so with some initiative (as many had, it transpires) the camera was set up near the stepping stones. I was quietly optimistic - previous encounters with Black-throated Diver at Tynemouth had been really rewarding, as feeding tended to be close to the edge, fearless of man watching a few feet away.

Bingo - some great views...

patrolling the corner...


diving (as they do)...



Feeding...





Saturday, 7 January 2017

Up the coast...

Potter up the coast produced a few useful year-tick fodder... with Brambling, Tundra Bean Geese, European White-fronted Geese, Hen Harrier, Glaucous Gull being the highlights.

Nice weather to boot.

Not much in the way of photographs today.

Hunting...


Late afternoon Glaucous Gull (iPhone)

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Bluebird...




Found myself heading to Gloucestershire on 30th December for an unanticipated look for a male Blue Rock Thrush that had been found feeding in Stow-on-the-Wold. A bit further than I would have liked, but holidays permitted a bit of extra effort. 

2 hours had passed before the bird was located, feeding in a back-garden and breaking between feeds on nearby roof tops. Just like they do...

Winter mist did not help, but the occasional break of sunshine brought out the colours.





Monday, 12 December 2016

From dusk till

Beeley...

Arrived just after midday on Sunday after earlier news had confirmed that the Dusky Thrush was still present at the rather quaint setting of Beeley in Derbyshire. However, it wasn't as straight forward as I had hoped - still a large crowd viewing from a restrictive area obscured with tangled hawthorn - so opted with a few others to view from an alternative corner. Two plus hours passed before the Thrush returned and it was a bit of a scramble to the other viewing area to grab an obscured view.

A few record shots with the lens pointing through a table of hedging, and in very dull cloudy winter light (it was approaching 3pm), a high ISO and ridiculously low exposure of 1/60 - 1/40... grainy images obtained...














Monday, 5 December 2016

Who's a?

Pottering around Hyde Park on Saturday morning provided some views of the elusive Ring-Necked Parakeets.