Monday, 4 May 2015

Latest update !!

Its been a busy couple of months with the camera, so this will be a bit of a mixed up post to summarise some of what I have been up to.

As in the previous post I have been concentrating on Brown Hares recently having found a new site that has good numbers of Hares, here are a few of my latest images.

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The next set of photographs were taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, my first visit to this great reserve on the East coast, at this time of year all the sea birds are returning to breed on the cliffs, and one of the highlights are the Gannets that breed on the cliffs in great numbers.

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moving on from the Gannets, last week we ttravelled down to mid wales to photograph one of my favourite Birds of Prey, Red Kites.

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this year I am keenly watching a pair of Mute Swans who lost all their cygnets last Spring, the female is sitting again, can't wait to hopefully see her successful raise her young this year..

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right up to date now.... this morning I finally managed to photograph a bird I have struggled to get in front of the camera.... taken just after sun rise this morning a beautiful little Treecreeper

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thanks for looking in....until next time


Monday, 6 April 2015

Boxing Hares

At long last I have found a site rich in Hares close to home, on only my second visit this evening hit the jackpot and fulfilled an ambition, photographing one of natures real special events...boxing hares. A magical experience that I won't forget in a hurry.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Back up to date - Kestrels, Grouse and much more !

My last post didn't seem that long ago, but I must have been out a fair bit since as the images to process have stacked up.... here is a selection from my recent wanderings...

Dee Estuary High Tide

Last weekend saw a few days of 10m+ high tides, and there is no better place to be than down on the Dee Estuary at Parkgate. Lots on view as the incoming tide lifted the bird life off the salt marsh.

The Kestrels that live along this stretch are kept really busy picking off rodents fleeing the incoming water.

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My last post concentrated on Great Crested Grebes where I was lucky enough to photograph them in their courtship weed dance, well I returned to try again, sadly they did not dance on my visit but were very busy mating!

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There is nothing better than having a wander along our local river, especially when the Dippers are obliging!

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The Grey Wagtails are always difficult to get close too, always very flighty

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This was my first visit this year up onto the moors outside of Llangollen at Worlds End to photograph the Black Grouse Lek, I always look forward to seeing this enigmatic birds, it is just great to sit and watch as they strut their stuff

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Below is a short video clip of two males sparring!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIwOf59a9Lo

Bringing you right up to date, yesterday we had a lovely wander across Conwy Mountain just on the North Wales coast, an area that is really rich in bird life, lost count of the number of buzzards we saw, plus Peregrine and Kestrels, and rather pleasingly saw at least 5 different pairs of Stonechat

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Raven sitting on the cliff edge

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one of the stacks of Meadow Pipits around

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