Monday, 4 May 2015

Colour Ringed Wood Warbler.

It was only last week I was commenting on hoping to see a colour ringed Wood Warbler within the Forest and then B-O-O-M this Saturday I jam in on one.

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.

Every spring during late May, Steve B and myself spend a weekend in the forest catching up the New Forest Summer Selection Specialities and we always spend time looking for Wood Warblers of which we usually score but numbers are dramatically down within the Forest during recent years and so today was a good sign with 2 individuals singing & announcing their arrival. A 3rd bird was also seen within the vicinity.

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.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Firecrest in Leaf Litter.

After a couple of glorious days it really was time to get out, grab some fresh air and try some "clicking" and this little gem stole the show and worthy of solo slot here on a very poorly-updated blog. 

I have only seen Firecrest on the ground once before and so to have this individual feeding really was appreciated.

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.