Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Yellowhammer

It was the first day of the football season here in the UK yesterday and to recognise my team's comfortable 1-0 victory over West Ham (known as the Hammers) I thought I'd share some pictures of a Yellowhammer I saw a few weeks back.
It was scurrying around a field and even stopped for a second or two to let me take a few pictures. I've had many struggles trying to photograph this bird.





Friday, 15 August 2014

Tree Pipit

Tree Pipits put on a great show in the Spring time. Singing loudly and proudly as they display at the tops of trees with some parachuting thrown in for good measure. These birds winter in Africa and Southern Asia, so they'll soon be off on their travels. Hopefully this one I found in the Goyt Valley will have had a successful breeding season.

Unfortunately, the day I saw this bird there was little sunlight, so the colours don't really do them justice.

Look as those long hind claws, although not as long as the Meadow Pipits.


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Perfect timing.....


I had another opportunity to look for some Short Eared Owls the other night. Again, the setting sun made for some great light. All I needed now was for the birds to appear and put on a show. They did that alright, in style once again.







Saturday, 9 August 2014

My friends again.

I wrote a post just the other day about our migrants soon departing to warmer shores. I went out that evening and managed to find a few of them. I found this beautiful Redstart and I could hear at least one other calling in some nearby bushes. I'm convinced there was another too, but I couldn't locate it.
Such wonderful birds. Please don't leave me!






Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tales of the Unexpected

Sometimes when you are out birding, you will come across something else that nature has to offer. Every now and again it trumps the birds that you went out to see. The other day this happened to me with the sighting of some Roe Deer.
It wasn't what I was expecting to see, but boy what a pleasure it was.

 
Mum and buck



Monday, 4 August 2014

Green Sandpiper

A sure sign that Summer is drawing to a close is the return of the waders. As much as I love the Spring and the incoming migrants from Africa, the close of Summer brings passage migrants on their way back home. Waders are quite possibly my favourite type of bird, so it was great to once again catch up with some Green Sandpipers on Sunday. Four of them in fact. They were asleep at first, but then became more active and went foraging for food. They came quite close to the hide, but not close enough for my liking. I'd like to get out there and cuddle them. I'll have to make do with these shots for now.


Mallard Fluff Balls

Everybody loves baby ducklings. These little guys were busying themselves a few weeks ago. I think they were looking for food while also trying to stay out of harms way. That's always difficult at this size, and the parents were also in close attendance at all times, so that they didn't go missing or get led astray.


 
Trying to do the walking on water thing.
 
And here's Mum.