Saturday, 28 August 2010
Quick visit produced good if not distant views of at least 3 Kingfishers, two headed past the hide but were to quick for me and my lens, only this record shot as some sort of proof. Another on the far bank from the hide sat high in a small tree ocassinally flying over the lake, were it would hover at about 10 ft before diving close to the water but never in. Could it have been chasing and catching dragonflies? Too far to tell withouth the scope.
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
This is turning out to be some Summer again. The mists lifted by lunchtime today but the rain hasn't stopped. When the goldfinches arrived to feed on the niger seed tree as we call it, the numbers vary from 1 or 2 up to 8 at times, squabbles can easily break out, as our three feeders can only accommodate 6 at any time. So when the siskins are around as well things get interesting
Time to play with the camera from the comfort of the conservatory and try to capture some movement.
This proves difficult when they appear out of the overhanging silver birch, this is the best of the bunch for now.
Monday, 23 August 2010
A summer favourite of mine, the Whitethroat. Found here in it's favourite scrubby and brambly habitat sat aloft singing with great energy. This image was just off the coast path on a walk with views of Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire.
Liked the composition of this shot although not the greatest image.
Large numbers of Swallows were enjoying the afternoon sunshine but these two juvenilles decided it was time to stretch those weary wings before settling for an late afternoon nap.
A trip to the Pembrokeshire coast gave good viewing of this pair of lively and vocal pair of choughs. These birds are very acrobatic when flying in the strong winds found on this beautiful and rugged stretch of coast, not dissimilar to that found here in Devon and Cornwall.
A trip to the Wildlife Trust Wetlands was rewarded with these close views of a local Heron.This was one of my favourite shots in the sequence, the bird appeared not to be bothered with my presence and managed to get within twenty feet.Think these have probably been my best efforts of any herons to date as the local birds on my patch are very weary of any human activity, this seems to be common for birds on rivers as opposed to open water expanses, probably due to the fewer numbers of encounters with humans .