Saturday, 24 October 2015
The following day I was back at Martin Mere to see what was about at the Ron Barker Hide.This is another very reliable place to see kingfishers and one usually shows up on most days.One did appear but only briefly and was rather distant for anything other than a quick record shot.The star of the day however was the stoat which had shown well on a previous visit. This time it had made a kill and very quickly sped past the hide with what looked like a vole in it's mouth.A marsh harrier also showed well and was constantly mobbed by a carrion crow.The harrier put all the teal up and gave me a nice opportunity for a flight shot. A few more whooper swans had arrived since my last visit and again kept me busy with thecamera.All in all not a bad week but the weather is definitely more Autumnal now with wind and rain and the clocks go back as well .Time moves on but I will be out and about again soon .Thanks for looking in.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Most impressive were the large skeins of pink footed geese which were still arriving from the North.A recent survey estimated there are currently around ninety thousand pinkfoots in Lancashire.A nice number of knot were also present on the Lytham side enjoying the rich pickings in the estuary mud.From time to time groups of canada geese would come across and I was pleased with the shots of them crossing the iconic Lytham windmill.
I stayed on to watch the sunset on one of my visits and was very pleased with the images I managed to capture.I have shown above images of the geese arriving over Lytham and the waders and herons along the River Ribble.I enjoyed very much my visits to the Ribble estuary and you can be sure I will return on the next series of suitable tides. Thanks for looking in and I will return soon with more of Lancashire's wildlife.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
I also visited Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve near to Crosby. I had been there in previous years photographing short eared owls but there didn't seem to be any around on last week's visit. A lot of improvements have been carried out at Lunt by the Environment Agency and it is now jointly managed by Lancs Wildlife Trust. New pools have been created and viewing screens erected making it a wonderful location for birdwatching and photography.A lot of pinkfooted geese were in the area and skeins were arriving during my visit and briefly landing on the pools.The hoped for owls and kingfisher didn't show on this visit but I will be back to spend more time at this super reserve.Images above from Lunt show a smart heron and lapwings enjoying the new pools and a flock of pinkfeet departing.Thanks for looking in and I will be out again soon to enjoy the current settled and very pleasant autumn weather.