Sunday, 4 October 2015

Pinks..Kingfisher and a Stoat

Last week I made three visits to the Wildfowl and Wetlands reserve at Martin Mere.The main reason for my visits was the arrival of many thousands of pink footed geese from their breeding grounds in Iceland.The weather last week was wonderful with warm days and very light winds.This produced ideal flying conditions for the geese and many thousands arrived each day.It was indeed a splendid spectacle to witness and to hear the sound of the geese as they joined the large flocks already present. I tried to capture the spectacle as they arrived at Martin Mere and my efforts are shown above.Nothing however could be better than being there and I think many more are yet to arrive. The weather this week may not be as good as last week's warm and settled conditions but if you have the opportunity I recommend a visit to Martin Mere.

A bonus whilst at Martin Mere was a sighting of one of the resident kingfishers.I was quite pleased with the flight shot shown above.My best encounter however was with a stoat which posed briefly to have it's picture taken in front of the Ron Barker Hide.I have seen stoat here before but they have always been much to quick for the camera.Thanks for looking in and I hope to be back soon with more from my travels.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

More from Rossall Point

As promised in my last posting I am now adding a few more images of the waders at Rossall Point.These were taken as the high tide was falling and uncovering the sandy beach area.This allowed the sanderling and dunlin to wake up and commence feeding.Not all the birds fed and many continued their siesta in the afternoon sun.

Sanderling are always a delight to watch as they scurry along the beach chasing the waves and looking for food.A group of oystercatchers flew in from the nearby golf course where they had been roosting.It was a lovely scene and I was able to get down on the beach close to where the birds were feeding. I was pleased with the results and some of my better efforts are shown above.My next posting will probably feature the pink footed geese which have been arriving in their thousands this week from their breeding grounds in Iceland.Thanks for looking in and enjoy the current wonderful weather.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Rossall Point...Waders and Wheatears

Last week I made three visits to one of my favourite locations.Rossall Point  is a great place for birdwatching and photography.Last week was settled with some warm weather and reasonable tides.The waders at Rossall have their favored spots for roosting on the beach in and amongst the sandy shingle and pebbles. They are very well camouflaged when roosting and most passers by on the promenade don't even know of their presence.It is a superb spot for photographers as the birds come very close to the promenade and can be very active when probing in the sand and shingle close to the cameras.

The beach groynes are also very good for photography as you can crouch behind them and get even closer to feeding and roosting waders without disturbing them.My first posting concentrates on these close up shots and I have shown a selection of my better images from the week.These show sanderling,the most numerous of the waders,dunlin and ringed plover.I noted that many of the ringed plover were juveniles which points to a successful breeding season.Also on my visits there were some wheatears present and again these gave some very nice opportunities for the camera.One individual in particular was a superbly coloured juvenile and is shown above.My next posting will show flight shots of the waders and also images of the feeding waders on the sandy shore as the tide was falling.Thanks for looking in and stay tuned for more from Rossall Point.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Godwit Gathering

Last week I visited Leighton Moss with Mike. I hadn't been to Leighton for a long time.Mike on a recent visit had great views of waders from the Eric Morecambe hide and I was keen to visit. As we arrived the heavens opened and we managed to get into the hide just before the very heavy rain arrived.We were very surprised to find the pools deserted of bird life apart from a single black tailed godwit ,two redshanks and a dunlin.The birds were near the hide and I managed some nice close ups,shown above. The black tailed godwit particularly looked stunning as it was still in partial breeding plumage. The heavy rain eventually moved on and so did we.

We moved to the main part of the reserve and spent the remainder of our time in Lilian's Hide and on top of the new skytower.The skytower has been opened recently and gives splendid views over the reserve.The main flock of black tailed godwits numbering around seven hundred birds was present in the right hand corner of Lilian's pool.It was again quiet birdwise with fleeting views of a water rail,distant views of spotted redshanks and a few swans. The godwit flock eventually all took to the air and gave me the flight shots I had been hoping for.We had a trip up the tower and enjoyed the views in the lovely afternoon sunshine before heading back to the car for the journey home. I have shown above my best efforts from the visit and I will be returning to Leighton Moss when hopefully more birds will be on view.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more from my travels.