Friday, 21 April 2017

OFF TO EARLSWOOD.


Thought I'd have a change from my local patch this morning so I headed off to Earlswood to try and find the Yellow Wagtails seen the day before in the horse paddocks next to the craft centre.

Got there at 10.15 AM to find it gloomy and pretty cold.Gave it nearly an hour but never found a Yellow Wagtail.Had to keep the camera warm by getting shots of a few Swallows that were around the stables.








I then headed to the donkey paddock by the Red Lion pub to try my luck. No Yellow Wagtails but I did find a male Wheatear Despite waiting patiently for while it would not close.Just as I got permission from a donkey sanctuary steward to enter the paddock it flew into a hedge then disappeared.Only got some crappographs but nice to see my first of the year.





Thursday, 20 April 2017

SOME WILLOW WARBLER SHOTS AT LAST.



Went down to Marsh Lane my local patch again on Wednesday morning getting there pretty early for me at 7.30 AM.Again it was sunny and not too chilly.

Couldn't not match the excitement of yesterday's Osprey but did manage a few decent shots.Found a pair of Linnets on the gorse bush on the way to the RW hide. 








In the area near the back gate pond at least 3 Willow Warblers were singing and since I'd not got any  decent shots of these chaps so far this year I went into stealth mode and went after them.Unbelievably I was spotted straightaway.





I had to be patient but in the end I managed some decent shots.








When I walk past the causeway hides on the way to the car park I always have a quick look.Today engrossed in a Brexit chat with my good friend Kath I didn't. There was a Yellow Wagtail on the reeds posing for shots from the N causeway hide.Damnation ! ! !

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A GREAT BIT OF LUCK AT MY LOCAL PATCH.


Got to Marsh Lane early this morning getting there in bright sunshine but a very chilly wind at not long after 7.30 AM.

Spent the first 20 minutes trying to see the Lesser Whitethroat that was cruising along the Old Road from the main gate down towards the CP gate.I heard it calling a lot but never got even a glimpse let alone a shot.

Spent most of my two and a half hour stay along the causeway and in the river hide. Didn't do all that well with the camera here are some of the better shots.












At 10.15 AM desperate for a coffee and some warmth I decided to leave.When I got to the car park two of my friends told me that 5 minutes earlier they had seen an Osprey over the railway pool.At first I didn't believe them so when they finally convinced me that it was true I turned a dark green with envy.Yet again I'd missed an Osprey at my local patch.

I was still seething a minute later when I looked up and over the CP hide were two raptors very close together.One was and the other was not a Common Buzzard.Not sure what the other was I was shrewd enough to rattle off some shots as it flew off south west.It was an Osprey.How lucky was that. 







Saturday, 15 April 2017

MAX VERSUS THE CETTI'S WARBLER PT 2


Went down to Marsh Lane this morning getting there pretty early for me at not long after 7.15 AM.Again my main target was my good friend the Cetti's Warbler who had so far been resisting my attempts to get a decent shot.

It was again very cold with that blasted northern wind blowing as I set up along the causeway to wait for my good friend to show.After 20 minutes it showed in the open.So I got some decent shots then ?No !! I could not blame the light this time so I'm going to blame the twigs.




I had to give up after another half hour as it didn't show and I was damn cold so I headed off to the river hide to see if the Sedge Warbler was showing.It was but still not close enough for my lens but great to see.






I then went back to causeway to see if the Cetti's Warbler was showing again.After a half hour with little action I was suddenly called into action.First a female Blackcap turned up but it was so quick that all I got was a crappograph.




Still cursing loudly about messing up the Blackcap shot my good friend suddenly blasted out it's song and appeared in the open.I immediately went into panic mode but at long last managed some decent shots.Cracking bird.I hope he soon finds a mate.

















After all that action I popped into the oak hide and spotted a Common Sandpiper.



Friday, 14 April 2017

MAX VERSES THE MARSH LANE CETTI'S


Woke up early this morning so I thought I'd go down to Marsh Lane again getting there at just after 7.30 AM. This time the plan was to go after the Cetti's Warbler which had been defeating me for several weeks now trying to get a decent shot.

Headed straight along the causeway to the bush it sometimes visits hoping it would show in the open.You have to be patient which is not my strong point because the circuit it makes can take a while.

There was as usual good and bad news.The good was that I didn't have to wait all that long for it to show up and appear in the open for a few seconds.The bad was the light was dreadful and a light rain was falling so to get a shot at all the ISO was very high.This makes the shots very grainy.The light did improve a lot later but my little friend didn't show again for me.

Here are my least grainy shots.No keepers I'm afraid but I have not given up yet.










Whilst waiting for the Cetti's to show again this chap landed in a nearby tree.It did not sing so I'm not sure if it's a Chiffie or Willow Warbler.







Thursday, 13 April 2017

AN EARLY VISIT TO THE LOCAL PATCH.


On Wednesday morning I decided to go down to Marsh Lane early hoping I could find something new that had dropped in.Got there just after 7.30 AM to find it overcast and the damn cold westerly wind was still blowing.

I was lucky again along the causeway and managed some more shots of the Linnets that sometime perch there.






Further along the causeway I stood patiently by the tree the Cetti's Warbler frequents determined not to be beaten again by him this time.

After 20 minutes it was calling loudly from the tree so all I'd got to do was to wait until it comes to the open bit of the tree as it usually does.Not this time dammit. It cut short it's usual circuit and flew off.I did get a couple of so so shots before it flew off.






A Sedge Warbler was again singing on the reeds from the river hide but it would not come close for me.Probably fed up with the cold weather like me.






In the car park I tried to warm up by trying for some shots of Sand Matins that were zooming around.



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A GREAT MORNING'S BIRDING.


On Tuesday morning I went over to Marsh Lane early getting there just after 8.00 AM fingers crossed something decent had dropped in.

Along the causeway I finally managed a few shots of the Linnets that perch on the Gorse. 


    






From the river hide I caught up with my first of the year Sedge Warbler.A bit distant but great to see and hear again.








The only black spot of the morning when yet again I failed to get a shot of the Cetti's Warbler.This time it was most definitely my fault because when it appeared in the open right in front of me I was reading a text and was far too slow to act.

Earlier I had been tipped off that not too far away on private land a Ring Ouzel had been seen so to cheer myself I headed off there.I parked up and walked a small way down a path.There were no other birders there.Oh Dear ! Had it gone ?

After 30 minutes with no luck I was thinking of leaving when another birder turned up and with someone to chat to I stayed.This was a good move because out of the undergrowth a Ring Ouzel appeared 20 minutes later.Yippee !!

It was a far way of for my lens but who cares when you can see such a cracking bird.