Thursday, 7 November 2019

Godwits Galore.

The constant and very heavy rain during October had caused problems for the farmers in the Pilling area.This part of Lancashire is famous for growing potatoes but a lot of the harvest had been lost to the weather.The flooded fields were well under water and many lakes formed in the fields.These conditions however were ideal for the birds and as well as many whooper swans a large flock of black tailed godwits had discovered the bonanza of food available.I came on them by chance whilst driving around the area but local birdwatchers had also seen the large flock and estimated the number of godwits around two and a half thousand birds.

It was indeed an impressive number of birds and I made a couple of visits to the area and took many images of these lovely waders.The weather was bright and sunny when I visited and the birds looked magnificent especially when in the air showing their white wingbars and black and white tail markings.I hope you enjoy my efforts to capture the godwits.They may have dispersed now as I write but more heavy rain today may keep them in the area.You can be sure I will revisit to see if they are still around.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more from wild Lancashire.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Beardies..Leighton Moss..October 2019

It had been a number of years since I had first photographed Bearded Tits at Leighton Moss.They are a very elusive bird to see and early Autumn is one of the best times to see them.In the Autumn their diet changes from insects to the seeds of the common reeds where they spend most of their lives.The true name of these lovely birds is bearded reedling,although they don't really sport a beard ,the handsome male bird has more of a moustache.

The RSPB put grit out onto bird tables adjoining the reed beds so that the birds have easy access.A viewing platform is also in place to enable photographers and birdwatchers to get close views of the birds.The birds tend to visit the grit trays in the morning and it is best to be in position early to get good views.I made a couple of visits in October on dry and sunny days.On the first visit wellies were in order to reach the viewing platform as much of Leighton Moss was under water.

After a wait of an hour or so the first of the birds appeared around 9am.From then on until I left around 10.30am the birds showed well and everybody present had excellent views and the photographers went away happy with full memory cards.Some of my better efforts are shown below of the birds and the scene at the viewing platform.Thanks for looking in and hope you enjoy the images of these very special birds.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Swan Lake

The title of a very well known ballet but this last week or so I have had my own versions of Swan Lake.Following the recent persistent daily and heavy rain the fields have been like inland lakes.Particularly around the Pilling and Nateby areas.These flooded fields have attracted many whooper swans from Iceland.The whoopers can be seen most winters in this area where they feed on the left over potatoes.So far this Autumn however there has been too much water in the fields.They have obviously found vegetation to feed on and a few hundred swans could be seen swimming and grazing on the favoured fields.

Following the rain there were some nice sunny afternoons and I enjoyed driving round the quiet country lanes photographing these lovely visitors from Iceland.Also present were a few Mute Swans and three black swans enjoying the company of their relatives from far away.I have shown some images below of the action.Hope you enjoy these images from Swan Lake.There is now a spell of settled weather forecast and I think some of the many swans will depart for Martin Mere where they will enjoy daily feeds and the company of many other whoopers here for the Winter months.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more wildlife.