Friday, 30 January 2009

Visit to Brandon Marsh to get the Bittern.

Jealous of several of my friends who had got great shots of the Bittern from the East Marsh hide I headed over there on Thursday morning.

This turned out to be a big mistake as not only did I not see it after  for me a long vigil in the hide it was very cold,damp,dull and very muddy underfoot.I gave up at lunchtime and went for a cup of tea and then headed home.Of course on the way home the sun came out.Some days you cannot win.

Didn't see much to take pics of and only ended up with a couple of shots of the hybrid Canada Goose.


Tuesday, 27 January 2009

First day out after a bout of manflu.

I haven't been out birding for a couple of weeks due to a bout of manflu which has left me even weaker than normal.How pathetic is that?Anyhow yesterday I thought I'd better make the effort and decided to go over to Draycote Water.

Decided to walk the Farborough Bank to the hide.It was sunny and not too cold and the water was calm.That's where the good news ended because besides the Shag and three Goosanders I saw very little of note and worst of all took very few pics.The Smew,the Red-necked Grebe and the GN Divers were not showing.Well I'm blowed if I could see them.

Met Bob and Francoise at the Centre and they had seen two of the Divers near the valve tower but they hadn't see the Smew or the Re-necked Grebe either.

Some pics attached.I hope they look OK as I am editing them on a new laptop.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Another attempt at a Red-throated Diver shot on Saturday 3rd. January 2009

Went again to Draycote Water on Saturday morning with one aim in mind to get a shot of the Red-throated Diver which I had failed to do so far.

Met up with Jeff in the carpark in bitterly cold conditions and we set off for the Draycote Bank where it had been seen previously however as soon as we got to the the spot where the wall starts on the Hensborough Bank  we met up with Richard Mays who had the Diver in his scope allbeit several hundred yards away near the Valve Tower.

What happened next was quite amazing because of all the places it could have gone to it headed straight for us and after 15 minutes it came as close as 25 metres away.What a cracking looking bird.All was not perfect though because when it popped up so close it caught me unawares and I only got the camera on it when it was heading away and diving.Still I am not complaining I did get some half decent shots.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Draycote Water visit on Friday 2nd. January 2009

Went to Draycote again to once more try to get a shot of the Red-throated Diver so I headed to the Draycote Bank which was where I saw it on my last visit.The weather had become gloomy which didn't help with the search and after a couple of hours I'd only got one possible distant glimpse and a very poor and inconclusive shot so I headed back to the centre.

I did manage on the walk to the Draycote bank  to get a shot of a Common Sandpiper and some decent shots of a Kestrel that had just made a kill on the walk back.