Sunday, 29 January 2012

A day of raptors and many dippers

Heading off from an icy Winlaton Mill yesterday morning (29th jan) the sun was out and the sky blue, it was the perfect day for the Raptors we were hoping to see, me and Brian (Killy Birder) were once again out and about.  With lots of noise and movement in the trees as walked down towards the Nine Arches bridge and Far Pastures, we stopped and looked at the river to find little activity and then on to one of the lakes which was nearly totally iced over with only a few Gulls, 2 Swans and a Moorhen inhabiting it, crossing a small bridge, we were told there were goosander further up the river, we made our way there and as we walked along the path, we spotted a Dipper and then another, they moved down river after a little while, leaving a Wren plodding about on rubbish and debris  in the middle of the river
. As we waited the Wren was joined by Long tailed tit, Jay, Pigeon, Crow, Woodpecker and then over head the first Kite of the day circling above us, a Heron also came down and landed on the river after the Red kite had gone, as I stood looking at the Wren I looked up and seconds later a Kingfisher flew by very quickly and very close giving an amazing view, I looked across to see if Brian had seen it and I soon realised he hadn't as he was stood looking at his phone after receiving a text, Sorry about that Brian! On the way to Far Pastures 2 more Kites were seen and a brief glimpse of a Peregrine falcon and Roe deer in the woods.
 At far pastures there was little of interest as the lake was iced up and there was nothing there, back to the bridge for the "Roost" brought more then 20 Red kites, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel although it was difficult to count just how many Kites there was coming into roost, we then finished the day with a dipper singing away.

Wren

Wren

Wren

Roe deer

Roe deer

Red Kite

Red Kite


Far pastures

Nine arches Viaduct

A very grainy picture (because it was dark) of the singing dipper















2 comments:

  1. Some nice images again Sam. Love the Wren and the Deer through the fork in the tree as a real photographers image.
    The River Derwent along that stretch is fantastic for Dippers and Goosanders and Clockburn Lake has held a Kingfisher the last three times i've visited. Far Pastures used to be a good place to visit but the last three years have been poor. You usually see more in and around the car park than the hide !! Red Kites are super birds to watch AND photograph.
    John

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