Friday, 26 May 2017

A MORNING IN THE CHILTERNS.


As I was not doing too well locally with the camera I thought I'd better make the effort and head off somewhere that would guarantee seeing some good birds. Hadn't yet made my annual trip into the Chiltern Hills for the Red Kites so I headed off to Watlington early yesterday morning down the M40.

Pulled into the free car park in Watlington at just after 9.00 AM and noticed straightaway that the Red Kites taking advantage of the warm weather were cruising high in the sky.Had to be more patient than usual but eventually some came down a bit lower so I could grab a few shots.Cracking birds.   










Very pleased a bit later on when on a bit of a walk round I spotted one perched in a tree.Not got any decent shots of one perched in a tree.








The first Rook I've photographed for quite a while perched in a tree along one of the roads at the back of the car park.






Back in the car park I could hear a Red Kite calling close by but I'm blowed if I could see it.It was in a tree right behind me.More perched shots.









Saturday, 20 May 2017

A FEW RECENT SHOTS FROM MY LOCAL PATCH.



Been down to Marsh Lane again yesterday and this morning.The first in pouring rain and the latter in bright early morning sunshine.I failed to find anything new but here are a few of the shots I was able to manage.


























Thursday, 18 May 2017

A FEW RECENT PICS FROM MARSH LANE.



Been down to the local patch a couple of times this week Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Didn't see anything new I'm afraid and this despite getting there on Thursday at 6.45 AM.

These are the only shots I managed.All pretty ordinary stuff.The Lesser Whitethroat showed very briefly on Thursday but was off before I could adjust the EC on the camera so the shots were blown out in the bright sunshine.


















Monday, 15 May 2017

AFTER LESSER WHITETHROATS.

I hadn't planned to go out birding on Sunday morning but when I saw how bad the forecast was for next week and how nice it was that morning I grabbed the camera and shot off to Marsh Lane again.

Got there at 8.00 AM with a definite plan in  mind.Head straight down to the RW hide and try for some better shots of a Lesser Whitethroat(s) than I'd managed so far this year.To do this you have to ignore all the other birds on the embankment and wait patiently for a Lesser Whitethroat to show.This means staring for ages at the brambles.

Took 40 minutes for one to show just as BE (Bramble Eye ; an image of the brambles imprints on your retina) was beginning to set in.Managed a few half decent shots but one would not come close and the bright sunshine was a pain. 
















                                                                                 

Pity the Lessers would not come as close as the Common Whitethroats but still great fun trying for a decent shot.

                                                                                 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

COLD AND GLOOMY AT MY LOCAL PATCH.


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there at 7.30 AM.It was gloomy and pretty cold with a brisk westerly wind blowing.No one else was there.

My new best friend the N causeway hide Reed Warbler showed well again and very quickly came out to pose for some shots.










As there was very little to see from the Oak hide I headed for the RW hide to do battle with the Whitethroats again.It was hard going getting shots this morning as it was windy and pretty gloomy.There were at least 2 Common Whitethroats flying around. 








The Lesser Whitethroats unsurprisingly were even more difficult to get shots of.I did manage a few but none any good.Next time it's sunny I will do battle with them again.








A Hobby and a Raven were seen but a long way off so no shots.A Peregrine also made a brief appearance but far too quick for me so all I got were a few flying off shots.