Saturday, 21 January 2017


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)...


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.


Late afternoon Glaucous Gull (iPhone)

Saturday, 31 December 2016


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


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.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


...decent haul this morning on the Horton Burn -

36-38 Waxwing
5 Little Egret
1 (possibly 2) Kingfisher
1 Pink-footed Goose
1 Chiffchaff

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The weekend that was...

Busy, busy, busy... a county tick (327) - it's taken a third county bird to catch up, but what a belter. Thanks to CB for use of the 600/1.4...  The first day of "Winter" - I'll take more like this.

Not forgetting the Saturday shrike... a few more from yesterday evening...

Last day of summer... late afternoon Shrike

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Once bittern

Tales of the unexpected continue, with nightshift and tides preventing the opportunity to head to Holy Island for the UKs' 5th Siberian Accentor (!) and Isabelline Shrike, a Brucie-bonus in the form of a Bittern at St Mary's Wetland - paraded itself remarkably well, just wish I'd had the bigger lens!