Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Been down to Marsh Lane again briefly Saturday lunchtime and early this morning.

Here are a few shots taken on those days.The only two birds calling for a special mention are the pair of Spotted Flycatchers that I found along the railway line tree tops.A bit distant so no keepers but they are my first at Marsh Lane.

Tried for some Swift shots again these are my best. 

Whilst trying for the Swift shots a raptor flew over my head.I rattled off some shots and not till I checked them did I see that it was a Hobby.It flew off into the distance I'm afraid.

Here are a few other shots.

Saturday, 12 August 2017


Went over to Marsh Lane again early on Friday morning getting there at 7.45 AM in order to beat the forecast rain.

There were about 6 Swifts zooming round the streamline trees and as the sun was out I thought I'd have yet another go at getting a decent shot of these guys.Great fun but they are simply too quick for me.I was soon out of breath, swearing a lot and getting hot.These are my least bad shots.In the last two shots the mouths seem swollen.Full of insects for their young ? 

The causeway bushes were full of birds.Here is a shot of a young Blackcap that liked the blackberries. 

The N Causeway hide has been quiet for me for a few weeks but that morning it was back to form.A Reed Warbler showed very well.

A Sedge Warbler was a bit more elusive but was nice to see one was still about.

When I first entered the hide a Water Rail was very close.Too close to get a shot with my lens.That one shot off to the right and a couple of minutes later another two shot across the newly opened up channels.I didn't have to wait too long for them to show again.My first shots for a long time. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017


As soon as I saw the sun was shining this morning I shot over to Marsh Lane getting there just before 8.00 AM.

A nice Linnet was showing well along the causeway again.

I heard the Grasshopper Warbler reeling out somewhere in the orchid field again but I could not find it. Whilst waiting for it to start reeling again a Sparrowhawk appeared from nowhere and shot across the orchid field. I managed to get onto it but the sun was right behind it and all I got was silhouettes. 

 The Grasshopper Warbler was not playing ball this time and only showed briefly a couple of times before flying off through the feeder hedge.

Thought I'd got a Greenshank from the Oak hide but when it came fully into view it was a Green Sandpiper.My first one for a fair while now.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Here are a few shots taken at Marsh Lane on Sunday and Monday mornings.Nothing special but I was pleased with nearly getting a decent Swift shot Sunday morning.

On Monday morning after getting some decent shots of the Whinchat I watched a Little Grebe teaching it's youngsters how to eat a fish.It was hard work because while they were still in view both failed to swallow it despite trying several times.