Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Coastal Beauties

 The weather recently has been awful with many wet and gloomy days.Not conducive at all to getting out with the camera.There were some drier and brighter spells and I made a few trips to my current hunting ground around Cockerham and Pilling.This time I have been concentrating on the smaller birds and have had some nice sightings.

A few snow buntings turned up at Fleetwood and Cockerham and I was determined to get some images.I did eventually photograph the snow buntings at Cockerham Abbey but my timing was not good and it took a few attempts to get them.On one of the Cockerham trips I managed a shot of the Black Redstart that passed through Cockerham Sands country park one of a few present along the coast.Two of the snow bunting images are from last year at Fleetwood and Rossall.Whilst at Rossall this year a pair of Stonechats posed for me alongside Fleetwood Golf Course.

Probably my best sighting has been a female merlin perching on a fence post at Lytham Moss where I had gone to see a flock of pinkfoot geese.I thought it was a kestrel but later at home on the computer saw that it was definitely a merlin.Not an easy bird to photograph so I was very pleased to have captured this smart little raptor.Currently the weather has settled down with a frosty start to December so I am looking forward to going out as Coronavirus lockdown ends tomorrow.Thanks for looking in and stay safe and well in these difficult times

Monday, 16 November 2020

Pilling Pinks

 As promised in my last post I am now showing images of the pink footed geese that are in the Pilling area and are feeding on the many potatoes left unharvested in the flooded fields.It was not easy to find the geese but I did eventually find reasonable numbers within range of the camera and am pleased with the results shown below.You will also see that I have included further images of the whooper swans.

It has been an interesting experience looking for these winter visitors from Iceland and we are lucky here in Lancashire that these birds find the Lancashire mosslands so attractive.I understand that many of the geese are stopping off here to refuel on their way to Norfolk.Hope you enjoy the latest batch of images and I will be out and about again soon to bring you more of Lancashire's wonderful wildlife.Thanks for looking in and stay safe and well in these difficult times.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Wonderful Whoopers

 At this time of the year I look forward to the arrival of whooper swans and pink footed geese from their breeding grounds in Iceland.As last year the heavy autumnal rains had flooded many of the agricultural fields in the Pilling area.The lakes that had appeared are very attractive to Whooper swans and probably remind them of the lakes back home in Iceland.This area of Lancashire is famous for growing potatoes and following the floods many potatoes are unable to be harvested and are left for the swans and geese.This food supply keeps the swans and geese in the area and a visit to the Pilling and Cockerham mosslands will guarantee some nice sightings of these magnificent birds.

I made a number of visits to the area and found a large concentration of whooper swans in the Eagland Hill area of Pilling.The birds seemed to make Eagland Hill their HQ and could be seen there everyday.Numbers would visit other areas and return to roost late afternoon.I enjoyed myself taking many images of the swans as shown below.They are fascinating to observe as they greet each other with wonderful bugling calls and elaborate displays.Hope you enjoy the images and I will return again as the swans will probably be around through the winter months.

Thanks for looking in and my next posting will feature the pink footed geese.Stay safe and follow the covid rules in this time of lockdown.