Tuesday, March 31, 2009


sinking sun over Chowder mudflats with Shelduck, Golden Plover flock etc

Ring Ouzel

a bit tamer than the usual patch birds but the thick grey cloud masked the sun all the time it was in view which was a shame but a fine bird; it was catching lots of worms in the meadow; I can also add this file to my birds and public rights of way folder along with Steppe Grey Shrike!

Weasel whistling

a good job I only had the 300mm lens as it was usually too close to focus even with that at 2.5m;

Monday, March 30, 2009

Short-eared on the foreshore

local patch environment shots; there is not much foreshore here but it seems to be getting a living 

patch Whoopers

after a day wrestling with excel I wandered down the patch for a couple of hours this evening and bumped into this flock of 17 Whoopers on the Humber east of the bridge

Great Crested

one from the patch at the weekend

Sunday, March 29, 2009


a few seabirds

as the sun stayed out late I dropped by Bempton for an hour of late evening snapping but there was little action just flying Kitts and Gannets and most birds well down the cliffs

Nutter tick

as far as I can work out this was a Yorkshire tick for me which shows how seriously I take listing in Yorkshire -- at a rough count it was number 333 for the big county

Great Grey Shrike

heat haze and distant


Yes I know they are poor to say the least but for all the Lincs birders who claim Goshawks out of displaying Sparrowhawks take a look at these profiles and see what a real one looks like

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3cy male Marsh Harrier

I had assumed that this young male Marsh Harrier was the same bird that had been on the patch since January but looking back at photos lower one from January 2nd it is clear that this is a new bird in a less advanced state of moult so is the lower bird a year older?


Nice to hear so many around but I am still struggling with any decent shots!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Marsh Harrier 2cy female

my association with Marsh Harriers has been ongoing for 25 years --- digital photography has allowed me to get images that I never managed with the old slides; today this 2cy female was hunting in front of the hide for quite a spell providing amazing opportunities