Friday, 28 October 2011

Red Kite

Just as i brought the camera up from having a quick look at the picture of a puppy,  i had just taken i glimpsed up to see a very low flying Red Kite.
 I quickly pointed the camera towards the sky to grab a shot it slowly and gracefully turned and flew over the hedge row and it was gone i got three shots and again a lovely view of one of my favourite birds.









Saturday, 22 October 2011

Washington WWT : Greenshank and more

I spent today at Washington Wetlands centre, with very nice weather, bright blue skys if a touch cold.
 A quick walk through "close encounters" brought a very nice view of a mandarin and a few others including Eider, Nene and Bar-headed geese,  although i'm happiest with my two shots of the Mandarins.
  We then walked to Hawthorn wood feeding station, with over looking views of Goldfinch, Great tit, Blue tit, Coal tit and even a few Long tailed tits,They were then joined by a Great-Spotted Woodpecker, a Tree-Creeper, a few Bullfinch and 4-5 Pheasant were also present.
  Interestingly a Grey squirrel was also there climbing up and down the feeders trying to get the feed from them. We then moved onto wader lake and the first hide brought little but Teal, Black headed-gull, Mallard and then odd Lapwing, moving down either a Gargney or Gadwall was on the lake but from the angle i was viewing it from i couldn't tell as there was only the odd detail available from angle of the lighting ,but a few Red-shank were visible.
After this we moved to the Otter enclosure, great to see even if they aren't wild, after that a move towards the Flamingos paid off as on the lake opposite, which doesn't seem to be used very often produced a great view of a Greenshank walking up and down the lake, and i was able to get quite close with no disturbance to the bird. so all round a good day
Drake Mandarin duck

Drake Mandarin duck


Record shot-long tailed tit

Record shot-Long tailed tit

Great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

Great tit

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Grey squirrel 

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Asian small clawed otter

Otter

Greenshank

Greenshank

Greenshank

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Owl spotting

The day started with sitting in a barn waiting to catch a sight of a tawny owl,  having seen it on previous occasions before flying out of the barn i was in.
 I walked into the barn quietly and heard a slight movement and got a quick glimpse of it flying out, having found pellets under the perch i sat in the corner of the barn and waited a few hours. alas nothing,
I left  the barn  and went in search of a nice landscape and found this brilliant view of the Coquet valley with a lone scots pine in the foreground. I then went search of somemore  raptors mainly kestrel or buzzard, but actually found when going along the edge of the field a movement as a bird flew into the tree, a pigeon maybe or a collared dove thats all i thought until at the same level as me two yellow and black staring eyes point directly towards me. A little owl, i reach slowly into my camerabag to find the camera had the short lens on (18-55mm) and quickly had to change to my 300mm i raised my camera to my face and with a quick and swift movement it was gone, i saw it fly off into the distance of the hill and could not find it again, BUT on the plus side my first sighting and picture of a stonechat, so wasn't all bad.

Immature Pheasant  

Immature Pheasant 

Red admiral 

               not to good picture but still managed after ages trying  to get a kestrel

Female Stonechat

Male stonechat

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Puppies (Brigburn)

Brigburn Puppies (seda's) 
There will be more to come on my website...










Saturday, 8 October 2011

Garden Birds

As you may have seen many of my recent pictures have been of dogs, yesterday we  slightly changed the feed that we were putting out on the feeders in my back garden and today there was a very surprising amount coming into the garden. on a normal day we'd only usually get woodpigeons, blackbirds, house sparrows and large quantities of starlings, but with the new feed out it attracted many more types such as Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock and Robin, this may not seem unusual to some but compared to the usual in the garden it was quite interesting to watch...
Coal Tit

House sparrow

Robin

Robin

Bad picture but still happy there in my garden,
hoping to get a better one soon

Another bad picture but happy there, there

House sparrow

House sparrow

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Blue Tit