Monday, 27 May 2013
The early morning one was productive with a roe deer buck in flight across the fields as I disturbed his peace and quiet.A lapwing chick soaked in dew and a little owl were nice to see.The great crested grebes had nested and I spotted three eggs in the nest as the parents changed duties. Early mornings are very good for sightings of the numerous hares in Bowland . The daytime trip was also good with my first sightings for the year of pied flycatchers with a couple of males singing at their Bowland nesting sites
The images above are not of my best but will serve as a record of my travels during the last week or so.Hope you enjoy them and thanks for looking in.Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon when I can get out more to capture the wildlife at this wonderful time of the year.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
It was certainly very cold and wintry on the summit plateau.I soon spotted another photographer down on his knees with his camera and obviously photographing the dotterel .Very soon I was set up and together with about four other birders enjoyed the company of the two female dotterel present.They were very inquisitive and allowed a close approach.The weather also began to improve and blue skies appeared to brighten up the scene.We all enjoyed the wonderful views of these enigmatic mountain top birds which are totally at home in very often harsh conditions.I have shown a few of my better efforts from the day above.
I visited again again on the Friday but despite much searching no further dotterel could be found.I understand that they were seen around 08.15 but I didn't arrive until nearer lunchtime and by then they must have moved on.I also discovered later that two dotterel had been seen on Fairsnape Fell in Bowland and they were possibly the birds from Pendle having a change of scene. It will probably be another twelve months or so before another opportunity occurs to see these very special birds. Hope you enjoy my images of the dotterel and scenery from Pendle Hill. Thanks for looking in and let's hope that soon we get some decent weather,we certainly deserve it!!!
Friday, 10 May 2013
Previously I have had goldcrests visiting the conifers in my garden but more often than not it has been very poor light making the task extremely difficult.Last week however I was about to set off on a walk down the River Wenning from the car park in Hornby village.As I was putting my boots on I was aware of a movement in the hawthorn hedge bordering the car park.I watched and waited and eventually a foraging goldcrest briefly showed itself..The camera was handy and for the next ten minutes or so I was able to grab some shots of this little beauty as it popped out of the hedge from time to time.
I was reasonably pleased with the results and some of the images are shown above.The goldcrest is not a wren but I do like the alternative name which is not in common use.As the wren it is tiny and always on the move and I was pleased to have captured what is Britain's smallest bird.Hope you enjoy looking at my efforts and thanks for looking in.