Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Went over to Marsh Lane again this morning getting there not long after 9.00 AM. This Common Tern was on meet and greet duty along the path to the CP hide.

Not much on the CP pool except this BH Gull that had secured a more comfortable perch than the gravel.

Very quiet on the RW pool but patience payed off when this Little Egret showed well.

Whilst swearing at the Reed Warblers which would not keep still on the reeds in front of the N Causeway hide I spotted this young Water Rail and managed a few shots before it scurried off at speed.

Monday, 16 July 2018


Having had my annual need to get some decent Spotted Flycatcher shots sated with last week's visits to the churchyard in Abbey Fields I went pretty early this morning to Marsh Lane for my first visit for quite a while.

As expected at this time of year it was hard work finding some decent birds to point the camera at.Yesterday's Greenshank had long gone.

Whitethroat showed briefly from the RW hide.

There were 4 Little Egrets on the RW pool spit. Couldn't get them all in the same shot.

A couple of Reed Warblers showed (partly showed really) briefly in front of the N Causeway hide.

Lots of Terns were flying around the CP pool presumably practicing for the long journey they will take soon to S Africa.

Friday, 13 July 2018


 I had no intention of going to see the Spotted Flycatchers in Kenilworth again yesterday but my good friend Kath Everitt had not got any decent shots this year of them so I volunteered to be her guide.You need a guide there as well because the churchyard where they can be seen in is huge and they are hard to find.

I got into position where I'd seen them the day before just after 9.30 AM and found an old friend Mike Lane there. Mike is a top photographer so I was very interested when he told me he had ditched all his Canon kit and was now using an Olympus mirrorless camera kit.I must check these out.

Kath  turned up a bit later and after we had had no luck where I'd seen them the day before we moved to what turned out to be a much better spot about 100m away.We had some cracking views here with the birds using the gravestones.

A couple of sort of flight shots. 

Didn't get many food shots.

At least 2 chicks had fledged.

Here are a few more general shots of the adult birds.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


Probably would have stayed in today having been over to the local patch Marsh Lane yesterday and unsurprisingly having drawn a blank but when I received a tip from Nick Barlow that a pair of Spotted Flycatchers were showing well in Abbey Fields Kenilworth I could not resist.

Things went well from the start.A pretty easy drive not too distant.A handy car park that was free for 2 hours.A short walk to the birds.A picturesque spot and very nice weather.Why can't all birding be like this.

Was in position at 9.30 AM and quite quickly I got onto a couple of young Goldcrests.

I started to get a little worried after 20 minutes as I had not seen a Spotted Flycatcher but very soon after one landed so near me that it was too close to focus on.For the next hour I got several close views of these cracking birds.

Friday, 6 July 2018


Yes where to go this morning was the question.Over to Marsh Lane my local patch or was the call of the Baddesley Clinton Spotted Flycatchers too strong to resist.Of course it was.

I now have 3 different spots where to see them there.Went to the churchyard first and drew a blank.The spot half way down the main path also drew a blank.

The spot along the stream line was  successful and I had several decent views.There was a lot of tree rat action in that area when I was there and I was very impressed with one the Spotted Flycatchers that several times dive bombed them and chased them off.Could be his photo below.

The best chance of getting a really good shot of these chaps is in the churchyard when they use the gravestones as a perch but so far none of the birds are using them.I did have a bit of a chance of getting a decent shot when one of them at the spot half way along the main path was using a perch under a tree that was close to the path.Trouble was it was as gloomy as hell under there.

Thursday, 5 July 2018


As I don't travel too far these days for my birding and as it was the only show in town locally off I went this morning again to the Baddesley Clinton NT for the Spotted Flycatchers.

The first spot I visited was the one near the stream in the NE corner of the grounds.In about 45 minutes I managed 3 sightings all pretty brief.Hard to get decent shots here as it is pretty gloomy so here are my best shots.

I then headed to the E end of the grounds.Half way there along the pathway what did I spot in the gloom of an oak tree but this chap.Never seen one here before.

Didn't do too well in the churchyard at the E end of the site.I had several sightings but only in the trees on the boundary.They never visited the gravestones so no decent shots.Here are my only ones here.

I soon gave up there and tried my luck back down the main path where I'd seen one in the oak tree.Had success straightaway and got some decent shots this despite the birds insisting they should perch right above my head and walkers along the path asking what I was taking shots of