20 February, 2009

Local Patch 20/02/09: Little Egret record count !

A site record of five Little Egret today at Dunstable STW.

Little Egret

17 February, 2009


Four of the seven Woburn Waxwing found yesterday.


15 February, 2009

Roll on Spring ...

Ducks, geese, swans and gulls seem to predominate our winter scene. Ok, an over simplification, but spring brings those passerines that really sets my boat afloat. So today ? Grim light, rain, and I missed the 11th Green-winged Teal for Bedfordshire due to inaccesibility.

A distant pair of Goosander at Grovebury Quarry.

Five of the eight Pintail at Radwell.

Greylag Geese

13 February, 2009

Stockgrove CP

After a treacherous wobbly walk along an icy footpath, I reached the lake where the local avifauna posed in anticipation of free food. Alas, I forgot to bring any along, thus one could say today's outing was a guilt trip ...



Blue Tit

11 February, 2009

Isle of Sheppey, Kent

A winter visit to Harty marshes, Sheppey, often results in distant views of Rough-legged Buzzard - but sadly not today.

Up to fifteen Marsh Harrier were seen, and a single immature Hen Harrier came quite close.

Hen Harrier

A Barn Owl hunting over the fields

Barn Owl

A view West across the marsh. A Bittern appeared in the sedge, too briefly for the camera.

Roosting waders at Minster - including a few Purple Sandpiper.

Purple Sandpiper

10 February, 2009

Red Kite

Fantastic light this afternoon and a fly-over Red Kite.

Despite the snow, this Wren managed to find a few flying insects to eat.

08 February, 2009

Winter Wanderings

Like everyone else, I suppose, the continuing hard weather has pushed otherwise shy species into the garden. So, this morning, our first ever Fieldfare in twenty odd years appeared in the garden !

The only down-side to photographing our garden birds is that all shots will be through double glazing...

This shot, taken near Woburn, reminds me how Redwing can blend in well with their surroundings

A pair of Goosander sleep on the ice

This Goldcrest has managed to survive the 'arctic' conditions

07 February, 2009


A female Red-crested Pochard resting by the sailing club lawn

A male Common Stonechat wintering behind the sewage works

An immature Mute Swan against a snowy backdrop

Sailing on Stewartby Lake