Saturday, 18 August 2012

Cresswell ~ waders, an albino and a cuckoo

A couple of hours at Cresswell this morning was very productive, with little stint, ruff, water rail, spoonbill, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel, long-tailed duck, yellow wagtail, an albino barn swallow (amazing - flew south over pool), and greenshank noted.

A great display from a couple of stoats was set to be the highlight until the very last moments - when a cracking barn owl was watched hunting over the dunes and an amazingly obliging juv cuckoo fed along the entrance track!

A bit heat-hazed...

Friday, 10 August 2012

We'll meet again

Been too long since my last West Hartford visit... No excuses.

This mornings foray produced a wandering female type marsh harrier, three + kestrel, sparrowhawk, a couple of lbb / bhg and pheasant. Water level has dropped a wee bit so hopefully a wader or two will grace the muddy edges...

Monday, 6 August 2012

Stilt Sand, Newton

An enexpected addition to my Northumberland list.

Couple of images from early morning, 500mm & 1.4 & 2.0 stacked ... ISO 3200!

Well done Gary / thanks to Gordon for the early morning notification too!

Mountain Dunnock - The Movie!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Mountain Dunnock

A lesson learned today - have taken no photographs with the "proper" camera this trip, and a long hike planned for the afternoon meant that I foolishly travelled light up to the 3303m peak of Corvatsch Bergstation.

First thing I almost trip up on when leaving the warmth of the cable car station - an ultra confiding alpine accentor!!!!

The wonders of the iPhone enables some video to be taken, and with that, a freeze frame for the blog app.

Otherwise it's has been a quiet trip - honey buzzard, snow finch and goshawk being highlights of the last 2 days.