It's been hard work to photograph anything of note this week, everytime Birdfair is on the birds vanish, looking through my records as I do when I'm struggling to locate anything it's always a but quiet this time of year.
A juvenile Night Heron would have been lovely but even though on a garden pond for nearly a month and with the species breeding for the first time in the UK down Somerset way....well I'm gutted no access was allowed and any information about the bird surpressed. That really pisses me off. I 'get' the private garden aspect BUT not the surpressing. The bird surely would visit other areas (canal, river and lakes are numerous nearby), money could've been raised for charity, a chance to get visiting birders to sign a petition to stop a railway terminal being built nearby all a missed opportunity. I've like others have withheld locations, bird locations for sensitive reasons as you can't account for the odd idiot. BUT a highly important bird like this needs to be out there, either word of mouth or the like. It's hard thing to judge and normally either way you go, you get a barrel of abuse.
We're loosing our county recorder Mike Alibone over something similar. People have got their knickers in a twist with me as I won't reveal the location of the nesting Osprey BUT I've put images out there, it's down to those who are desperate for whatever reason to observe at the nest (which there is no need, it's on a safe location) to GO out there and do a bit of old fashioned detection work or as the ol'timers call it...BIRDING.
A slow week as I've said the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers were still on the verges of Holowell Reservoir also sporadic visits from the Osprey but fly overs and no fishing attempts. Hard place to tog' waders, no hides, no real cover, my partner loves me coming home in mud surprised she hasn't got me doing a lie detector on Jeremy Kyle, yep on your belly crawling time and wait......and wait
Back-lit Ringed Plover
Only half usable image though was a family of Grey Wagtails on the dam at Sywell Country Park, things were that desperate I found myself at Sywell CP more herberts then wildlife here :-(
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The highlight was last night, with all the rain I sneaked a look at the big hole in the ground and had a sneaky look and the other big hole in the ground near the A45.
As I trudged back to the camera not having pushed the shutter button once three deer popped into the field I was crossing.
They certainly brightened up and dull evening especially as they were seemingly unconcerned with my presence and were busy grazing and playing
Yeah they have the cutesy factor but I have to wonder if they survive, A45 and main roads, their lack of fear, poachers in area, fox hunting and pheasant shooting might have an impact but wonder what damage they're going to cause with British deer in high numbers can the countryside bear the brunt of the damage?
When these animals escape why is there no big fine levied at the culprits? Woburn Safari Park isn't miles away from here so probably originally escaped from there.
As I said they were hardly fearful this is full frame and uncropped with the 500mm yet they still came over down to about one and half metres, my lens can't focus on anything less two and half metres and was wondering if I was going to stroke one!
Thursday, 10 August 2017
|Peregrine, Summer Leys|
Though I've not seen any regular Hobbies, at the start there was the usual gathering of hobbies and good numbers. I had 8 at a regular spot, then nothing. I see the odd bird but it worries me somewhat the lack of birds.
I've seen 3 different Ospreys during the summer. No luck photographing them. Forget lousy skies and blah, blah, blah. I'll be honest every time I see it I'm just too excited lol.
8F (ring tag) seemed to be the most frequent visitor to Welford but on one day I had two Ospreys over the resevoir (1J) the third bird and only saw it once was tagged with just "32".
Regular readers will know this isn't the first summer Ospreys have stayed in the county, so please next year, breeding please. And I'll get some practice in.
I also learnt the difference between 'Tundra' Ringed Plover and 'normal' Ringed Plover.
The Tundra is the female with the sticking up white feather. I was lucky that 1) Mike Alibone was via Twitter helpful with identification 2) I had Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover and 'Tundra' to initially compare the slight differences in size, subtle but obvious.
Whilst laying on my belly grabbing wader images I was entertained by a Skylark depositing it's foetal sacks in the grass behind me.
Given so few Y'wags breeding in the county I was more than happy to find another pair to add.
This is my favourite record shot ever as I never knew nor seen a dragonfly catch a moth mid-air and predate it.
Bit of a theme going on, juvenile Spotted Flycatcher