Sunday, 7 September 2014

Day 2 on the Farm

After the Hobby performance yesterday I thought it would be best to advise Steve A and give him the opportunity to grab a few shots. So I called him up and he said was busy with his painting plans BUT he was now changing his plans.

The farm of this site is private but I was granted access back in May I have had previous access to this farm since back in 2002 and I have been keeping an eye on this species  within the area on and off since 1995 thanks to Jeff S.

Here are a few of my favourite shots from today. 

Above shows Steve A "locking on" to one the two juveniles present today and below is some shaky footage.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hobbies Fledge.

I was just having the first cuppa of the day when Adam W telephoned me to say he was closeby and asked if I was around for a cuppa, of course a cuppa with Adam is a must and so shortly after Adam arrived and after a couple more cups of Tea we decided to go and see any of the young Hobbies were still around.

The nest was empty and the area seemed void of any life to begin with but after a short time of scanning 2 fine juvenile Hobbies were located. At one point an adult and the 3rd juvenile put in a brief appearance but these juvs have been out of the nest for just on 8 days now but still sticking to the field of the nest site. 

I must admit it has been really good to have spent the summer with these birds from when the adults arrived back in the area during May through until the end of August and seeing the juveniles flying around and hunting for themselves. An insight to a "subbuteo summer" has been superb. 

Above shows the area I have spent a lot of time this smmer and I have included the photo below just to show how the nape patches are so large and buffy looking on this juvenile. 

The adult female of this pair of Hobbies had tiny white nape patches and she was wearing a BTO type metal ring on her lower right leg. Shame I never got close enough to read this code.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

AW 350 - For Sale:

This Lowe Pro AW 350 Scope Photo Travel back pack is curently for sale. It is in very good condition, almost brand new only used a few times and is in fully working order, all zips, fixings and fastenings are present and working, along with all internal protection pads. Rain cover present (never used). Has a good sized Lap top pocket with also 2 internal zip pockets. 

Check the link here - and also check out the Lowe Pro promotional video Below. 

All straps and padding still feel and smell new and it is perfect for hand luggage size when flying as meets the standard airline size regulations. Contact me via the email if interested.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Pygmy Owl.

They come in pairs, the last time I saw a Pygmy Owl was the same day I saw a Hawk Owl back 2005. This bird has been present for a while but has been difficult to see at times and so Vincent, Rob, Roland, Sam and I were keen to try for this bird on the first day of 2014. Photo above by Rob Ter Ellen.

Above shows you the area nearby to where this bird is spending time and below shows Rob & Vincent celebrating seeing the Pygymy Owl which was a Dutch new species for them both.

A little wander through the woods produced a few Crossbills, Nuthatches and then these two hooligans below appeared out of the woods which was nice to see them both again.

One last final look at the Pygmy Owl which had moved from the original area and re-located but was obscured. Photo below was the best I could do with my iPhone through Robs scope. A great start to the year of 2014.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Hawk Owl - Need I Say More….

After an absence of just on nine years it was time for another day of absorbing up a Hawk Owl. The set up and the scenery was a little different from the bird back in Uppsala, Sweden 2005 but equally as good. 

This time it was off to Zwolle with Sam Woods to try for another..

This individual is more of an urban dweller and seeming to like to start the day in the small sub-station where it was first seen sitting on the stanchions and cables. It then sat in the tree below which was situated in the middle of the road (photo below). Humans, Cars, Ambulance's and even fireworks going off in the surrounding area don't seem bother this bird in the slightest.

This bird is a bit of celebrity in these parts as lots of non birders are even pulling over on the road side to take a look, click away and to see what all the fuss is about.

Later in the day this bird showed well perched on the crossbar of a goal on the nearby football pitch and then sat on the barred wire fence on the edge of the nearby housing estate before being watched carrying a Blackbird and watched perched with it in its tallons before returning back to the sub-station.

A big thank you to Vincent Van Der Spek for all the help and logistical support to see this true beast of a bird.

An excellent end to the year of 2013.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Sunfish & Dolphins....

Went out on a pelagic last week, the weather was pretty grim to begin with but turned nice around 11:00hrs. It was all pretty quiet but seeing the Sunfish above and below was a nice treat seeing it so close around the boat for a fair amount of time. I haven't seen a sunfish for some quite some years and think it was around 2000-2002 but I just can't remember for sure.

The highlight for me was seeing Common dolphins up close and personal as I do really feel privileged when encountering these great creatures.  They lingered around the boat for over an hour. These photos were taken with the compact as the SLR is awaiting to be replaced


Well again pretty quiet although an adult Sabines Gull made it worth it, other bits included a couple of Sooty Shearwaters, Cory's Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Arctic Skua, I had also seen a few Great Shearwaters recently as well. 

The Fulmar in the photo below got snagged up in fishing line and so it was untangled and released with no harm done, so that was good. 

Two Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released as well on this trip. 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pelagic = Blue Sharks...

Went out on a pelagic the other night,  quiet bird wise with just a couple of Great and Cory's Shearwaters but the Blue Sharks worthy of the trip alone and a winning sunset to end on.

Image below shows a tag just installed before release.

A winning sunset...