Monday, 13 February 2012

Gosforth park and Prestwick Carr... again

Sitting in the feeding station hide at Gosforth park, on a cold Saturday morning at first brought little diversity as there seemed to be only Blue tit, Great tit and Blackbird,  It did after a little while bring Great spotted Woodpecker,  Jay, Robin, a lone Siskin, Nuthatch and a Black rabbit. 
We decided that we would leave for the reeds and on the way saw a Treecreeper, Roe deer and  a Pheasant, on arriving at the hid  Brian and I got speaking to someone who was just coming out of the hide, he said that he had not seen anything of the Bittern and I believe he had been there sometime, we had no real hope of seeing it again but  after only a few minutes of sitting a rustle of movement and there was the Bittern ,I grabbed my camera to find the lens cap was still on,I  tried to get it off quick enough and manage 2 photos although they were no where near the same quality of the last ones. It lifted once more a little later on but I still didn't get a photo, I suppose there's always a next time! 
Arriving at Prestwick there was little activity from the Owls but lots of  Kestrels, we walked to the sentry box on the way seeing only a few Owls but again lots of  kestrel, a Heron and a Buzzard also made an appearance alongside the large amounts of  Corvids and Woodpigeons. Walking back along the "bumpy road" the amount of people waiting to see the owls reduced to only me, BrianPeter and one or two others it was then the Owls became active and numbers flying increased again, when a bird ringing net was being placed on the "reserve" side of the road making for a good photo opportunity, another good day out with Brian and I think he may be catching the photography bug too! 
I also forgot to mention very close encounter with a green woodpecker...  

Great tit

Goldfinch

(Male) Great spotted woodpecker

(male) Great spotted woodpecker

Nuthatch

(Male) Great spotted woodpecker

A very bad picture of a bittern

Robin

Robin

Robin


Short-eared owl

It must have been cold even the owls were wearing hats!


Short-eared owl hunting

Short-eared owl hunting



3 comments:

  1. I love the owl in the hat! They'll all be wanting hats now, so as to keep their 'short ears' warm. :-)
    The photos are very good Sam. Even the Green Woodpecker is showing quite well! ha ha
    Another good day. Cheers.

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  2. Yes the Owl with the hat is certainly one to savour, haha! It looks like a graduation cap. (Well they do say that Owls are wise, lol).

    Very nice pics and a lot of them are close up too. Great stuff!

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  3. Long-eared Owls wear much taller hats !!!

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