Monday, 22 June 2015

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear@Acres.

A couple of belated shots of the Eastern Black-eared Wheatear at Acres last week.

Sunday, 21 June 2015


Been pretty busy of late and lots to update here when I get the time but whilst going through some photos this morning I had the iTunes library on random and forgot about this tune let alone how good it is. 

+ Scored my first Golden Ringed Dragonfly the other day.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Colour Ringed Wood Warbler.

I was heading off to a new area of timber, passing last weeks Wood Warbler site and then passing another singing Wood Warbler, which I had a quick look at. 

I carried along the trail, down through a new trail and another 2 Wood Warblers singing. I decided to stop and try and get some shots but the light was poor and the individual wasn't that showy. 

I decided to cut my losses and move on. I packed the camera away, packed the bag and just at that point the Wood Warbler came in so I thought I would bin it before moving on and then I could see 2 green colour rings on the left leg! that put pay to the plans as I knew I had to see the bird better and nail the colour ring combination. 2.5 hours later I finally got the combo and the photo to clinch it and then I was on my way. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Forgot to post this post last week so here are some left over shots from last weekend whilst I go through todays shots before uploading.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Wood Warbler(s) Steal the Show...

I had planned to spend today looking for, watching and hopefully photographing Wood Warblers. I did have a little look for them last weekend but didn't give it that long and so this morning was all about the Warblers.

I did check for any colour ringed individuals but none were noted today but who knows? maybe some might pass through the area on route to northern climes.

This is the first time I have had the opportunity to photograph Wood Warblers and so I am half happy with the results but they are very mobile at times and when up high can be very tricky to get decent light in the shot

Another good day in the forest with Wood Warblers taking the league leaders position and Firecrest dropping down in to second position. Redstarts were present but remained elusive every time the camera was ready. Coal Tits, Tree Creepers, Siskins & Crossbills all added to the mix with Common Buzzards passing over head from time to time. 

Below shows one of the Firecrest shots from today. 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Sun Shines, Slvia Sings...

Had a wander through one the high heaths of the forest today and despite the chilling north east wind it was pretty warm in the sheltered spots. Dartford Warblers were pretty abundant today with birds almost appearing to sing from every gorse bush. 

Other bits seen today:

Hobby 1 - North of Acres
Redstart - several cracking males
Firecrest -
Tree Pipit -
Cuckoo 1
Marsh Tit 2
Tree Creeper-
Siskin 1
Willow Warbler-

Covered a lot of sites and ground today and thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings, the sun and fresh air.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Couple of Gems and Not from Hatton Garden.

It was nice to get out and amongst some timber today as I had been wishing to try a new area within the Forest that I have not been to before. So I was pleased to bump in to at least 12 Firecrests all pumping out some song.

Also had my first Redstarts & Wilow Warblers of the year which all brought a splash of colour and some song to a rather plessant day.