Wednesday, 3 December 2014


You can see I've not taken any shots of decent birds recently because in order to post a blog I've had to have a look back at some of the better birds I've seen at Marsh Lane.

The reasons I've not been able to take any shots recently are The gloomy weather recently until today.The lack of decent birds locally.A bad back (a herniated lumbar disc) which I did on Saturday reaching for a pen would you believe so I've been housebound ever since.

During the Winter in 2010 Marsh Lane was treated to regular visits by a very friendly Barn Owl who seemed to turn up at 3.30 PM from the direction of the railway bridges every day.Took this shot in March as it sat on a post near the river hide.Probably my best shot of a perched Barn Owl.  

Marsh Lane has regular visits by Black Tailed Godwits.This was taken in June 2011. 

This Cetti's Warbler was taken in the bushes to the right of the main path just before you reach the streamline.Taken in April 2010.A pretty rare bird at Marsh Lane.

Marsh Lane has been a very good place to see Garganeys.The first shot was taken from the north causeway screen in April 2011 and the second shot was taken from the CP hide in April 2013.

Had to wait nearly 3 hours one Sunday morning in June 2008 for this Grasshopper Warbler to show.It was in the bushes in the car park and was singing out but well hidden all the time.It was only because Steve Seal was also there that I hung on till it showed.

Hobbies visit Marsh Lane every summer and it's a wonderful challenge to try for a decent shot.I failed this year and only managed a few crappographs.The first shot was taken in June 2010 and the second one was taken in September 2013.

Every year in August/September I try for flight shots of hirundines usually failing badly but this year managed a decent shots of a Sandmartin as it flew over the path leading to the CP hide.

A bit of a cheat here because this shot of a Spotted Flycatcher was not taken at Marsh Lane but at the back of the gate lodge at Packington House.Both under Packington Estates ! !  Taken in June of this year.

A drake Mandarin Duck was a regular on the Railway Pool last year.These shots were taken in March.

Water Rails are often seen at Marsh Lane.This one was taken from the new north causeway hide in October of this year.Never been co close to one before.

During January 2012 a Kingfisher was a regular on the CP pool very near to the north causeway screen.I've been lucky enough to get lots of shots of these chaps but I think this might be my best.

Early one morning in May of this year I had a call from John Oates who had found a Bonaparte's Gull on the island in front of the CP hide.Having never seen one before I dropped everything and shot over there.

Marsh Lane has been over the last few years one of the best places in the country for seeing Jack Snipes.Took this one in the marsh in April 2009.

Not a great shot by any means but a bit unusual as in the same shot there is a Common,Arctic and an Little Tern.Taken from the Oak hide in May 2008.

I don't get many shots of Peregrines so I was very pleased to get this one in October 2012 as it flew over the causeway.

Again not a decent shot but a Stone Curlew is very rare bird to find in our area.This one turned up for a couple of days and was on the far edge of the crop field in May 2007.It was very difficult to see and much too far off for a decent shot.

Tawny Owls have used an Owl box at Marsh Lane a couple of times.I was very lucky to find these two just after they had fledged in June 2011.

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