Monday, 19 October 2015

Classic Norfolk

Been a while since I posted on here- usual excuses but I have also moved out into the fens near the Wash and in particular Frampton Marsh/Kirton Marsh/Moulton Marsh which has been very rewarding birding wise. However this post is about a rare venture out into Norfolk on a bit of a classic day- Isabelline Shrike, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail, Pallas's Warbler and Hume's Warbler- what a day. The Shrike and Pipit showed particularly well..

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Masked Shrike- third for Britain

Another weekend and another Shrike, this time a third for Britain and the first for mainland England. And very nice too; loyal to it's hedge, showy, plenty of supporting cast (Barred Warbler, Red-breasted and Spotted Flycatchers, Wheatears, Redstarts, etc) and a good seawatch at the end.

Butcher bird

Didn't seem bothered about the masses of Migrant Hawkers zooming up and down the hedge. Seemed happy enough with craneflies and in this case grasshoppers.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Red-backed Shrike, early September

Great bird to test out my new lens and camera combo. Really pleased with the early results.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Scenes from Ontario February 2014

Towards the back end of 2013, Kev Du RoseGraham Catley and I began to make a return visit to northern Norway in early spring 2014. However, with news of a once in a life time event occurring state side our plans quickly changed and we spent the first ten days in frozen Ontario, Canada.

Winter Wildfowl selection, stateside

Many of the wildfowl were new to me, including Redhead and White-winged Scoter photographed below. The warm water around the Leslie Street spit powerstation kept ice free and attracted a lot of ducks but photography was difficult in continuous snow and with steam coming off the water.

And the Trumpets they go...

This family flock of Trumpeter Swans was present at Leslie Street Spit as well.

Long-tailed Ducks

Great birds- fantastic to these up close and personal once again.

First Owls

Our first morning was spent on Leslie Street Spit, Toronto. Unfortunately the weather closed in but not before we caught our first glimpses of these beautiful birds. The spit was a great site and thanks to John for guiding us around- a great introduction for me into Arctic Canada birding.