Friday, 18 December 2015

Recent Short Eared Owl's.






Managed to get out and see a couple of local Short Eared Owl's recently which were pretty good and I had forgotten just how good they actually are. A few shots here taken on a rather dark / grey day.







Friday, 11 December 2015

Forest Feeding Station


A few shots from the forest when we lucked in on a feeding station which allows for some "clicking" opportunities. The light was not so good but did manage to get a few shots above and below.










Monday, 22 June 2015

Eastern Black-eared Wheatear@Acres.


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


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, 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

Dartfords.


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
Chiffchaff-
Willow Warbler-

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






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.