Wednesday 10 April 2024

Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits

A couple of shots of the stunning Icelandic Black-tailed Godwits, Part of an at least 3000 strong flock near Peterborough, at the weekend. A stunning spectacle, that we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.

Thursday 4 April 2024

Fen Little Owl

Look forward to watching this Little Owl over the spring and summer, to see if even smaller owls follow....

Sunday 17 March 2024

Local Long-eared Owls

I enjoyed some fantastic views of local Long-eared Owls today, including this female (top) and male (below), which displayed after sunset, at a private site. 

Thursday 14 March 2024

More Waxwings

The Waxwings have increased to six in Peterborough. I made another visit at the weekend and enjoyed yet more fantastic views.

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Mad March Marsh Harrier with Hare


Over the weekend, Amy and I set out in search of Short-eared Owls, but stumbled upon a fascinating encounter with a female Marsh Harrier instead. It appeared captivated by the local Hares, making an incredible spectacle to witness their interaction. Truly an ambitious hunt for the Marsh Harrier!

Sunday 10 March 2024

Mad as a March Hare

Yesterday was truly remarkable, filled with unforgettable encounters with our local wildlife. The early morning light cast a magical glow out on the Hares during my fenland drive, offering a breath-taking sight. It's incredible how abundant they were; this time of year sees the fields teeming with courting Hares, engaging in liviely chases and the occasional boxing - truly as 'mad as a march hare'!

Sunday 25 February 2024

Saturday 24 February 2024

Drinking Waxwings

Recently, I've been fascinated by a group of Waxwings in Peterborough. Their unique drinking habits, preferring puddles  after berries, have caught my attention. Even when faced with frozen puddles, they cleverly find ways to hydrate, showcasing their adaptability, finding water droplets in the trees. 

Thursday 22 February 2024

A Bright Evening

Another throwback to mark ten years since I visited Canada.

This time a smart drake Evening Grosbeak. We enjoyed point blank views of a big flock of these with Purple Finches at the Algonquin Park, visitor centre . Most of the park was closed due to the extreme snow and it was the coldest I have ever been at -21°C and wind chill of -30°C. These birds certainly brightened up their snowy environment.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Monday 19 February 2024

Cardea Waxwings

Spent a little bit of time with Stangrond Waxwings over the weekend. This fantastic flock of five have attracted a steady stream of admirers. Their irregular appearances around here always makes them a treat to see. 

Sunday 18 February 2024

Thursday 15 February 2024

From the archives No. 10

Throwback to an unforgettable encounter with this stunning adult male Snowy Owl!

Ten years ago, during the winter of 2013/2014, I had the incredible opportunity to witness the unprecedented influx of these majestic birds into Canada. What was supposed to be a trip to Norway turned into an Arctic adventure in North America, and I couldn't have been happier with the switch!

With thousands of Snowy Owls gracing the Canadian landscape, every day was a new opportunity to witness their grace and beauty. Among the many birds we encountered, this adult male stood out with its pristine white plumage and mesmerizing eyes. It was truly a highlight of the trip and remains one of my favourite birding and photographic experiences to this day.

Can find more photos from the trip here.

Saturday 27 January 2024

Velvet at last!

The last Velvet Scoter in the PBC area was in 1983 so news that Josh Jones had found one on the Welland at Cradge Bank was very welcome. It was a challenge to photograph and not particularly approachable but with a bit of patience, we managed to get some superb views. 

Tuesday 16 January 2024

Hidden Bittern

Had a lucky encounter with a Bittern at Deeping Lakes this lunchtime. They are never an easy subject to photograph here, but I think these photos really show the cryptic plumage nicely.