Saturday, 16 September 2017


Been down to my local patch Marsh Lane 3 times last week but have struggled to find anything even a bit exciting to get shots of for this blog.I've been down there when it was very windy when it was sunny and when it was raining but had no luck at all.Nothing has worked.

The only shots I've managed were of a Water Rail and a Common Buzzard in the week and of a Little Egret (one of three) and of a Common Snipe (one of three) this morning in gloomy drizzle.

Thursday, 7 September 2017


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there just after 8.00 AM hoping to enjoy a bit of sunshine before the cloud arrived.

Had a bit of fun in the N causeway hide when for about 5 minutes a pair of Kingfishers flew around the reeds sometimes coming extremely close to the hide.They never perched unfortunately but great to see so close.

I was surprised to find the Greenshank was still on the CP pool although this time it was a bit further away well to the left of the left hand island.  

A couple of Little Grebes were in front of the N causeway hide.Was a bit worried what one of them had hanging from it's beak.

Again a Water Rail was showing well for quite a while in front of the same hide.

There were 3 Little Egrets in front of the CP hide for once quite close together.

I promised myself not to try for any more Swift shots but again I could not resist.Here are my best shots.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Hadn't done too well on my last few visits to my local patch Marsh Lane but did much better this morning.

On the car park feeders a Great Spotted Woodpecker was busy feeding and didn't fly off when I parked nearby.

As I entered the CP hide a couple of friends (John H and Glen G) already there had found a Greenshank and kindly put me onto it. Hadn't seen one for a couple of years and the best wader for me here since the three Bar-tailed Godwits in the spring.

For a while the Greenshank fed alongside a Common Snipe which was my first for a few months.

In the reeds in front of the N Causeway hide a young Water Rail was having a good preen in the morning sunshine.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017


Popped over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there at just after 8.00 AM.The weather was excellent with the sun blazing down.

Wasn't going to go for Swift shots again but when I got to the causeway I could not resist with the bright sunshine behind me showing them up really well.

A Sedge Warbler was showing very well from the S causeway hide except for some reeds getting in the way.

From the oak hide what I hope is a young Lesser Whitethroat was flitting round a distant tree.

It was nice to see a wader on the RW pool.This Common Sandpiper showed well in front of the oak hide.

Thursday, 24 August 2017


Went to the local patch on Monday and forgot to take the camera.Had to become a birder but felt naked walking round.I hoped I didn't see anything so I would not be upset missing a shot.Things went well till I got back to the car park and the juvenile Kestrel cruised over my head and landed in a near by tree.It looked down at me and seeing I was without the camera I'm sure it said "Tosser "

The morning visit on Tuesday was saved by the ringer who had caught a Tee Pipit by the back gate coppice. What a little cracker.Never seen one at ML before.

This morning I missed an Osprey by a few minutes.John Hunt spotted it over the RW pool.It soon flew off SW.

There were a few Chiffies along the causeway again. 

I was pleased to get some of my best ever shots of a Raven when a pair for a while cruised along the RW tree line.

Saturday, 19 August 2017


Been down to Marsh Lane a couple of times again.On Thursday morning got caught by a downpour whilst in the RW hide and this morning got there pretty early and it felt like Autumn had arrived.

Shots were hard to come by on both visits but managed to get some of young Common Whitethroats , Sedge Warblers and Chiffchaffs.

This morning the only fun to be had was trying yet again to get some decent shots of the 4 Swifts that were zooming around with the Swallows and Sand/House Martins.This time I cannot use the excuse of poor light as the sun was out most of the time so it's down to me being far too ancient to capture these fast flying birds. Didn't do too bad though.