Friday, 20 July 2018


Like a fool I went to Marsh Lane early this morning again which is not a good idea at this time of year if you want to see anything decent.As usual  Brian Harris was the only other birder there.We usually have the place to ourselves at the moment.

Caught the Whooper Swan doing Pilates.

Best success I had was again from the N Causeway hide. Reed Bunting , Reed Warbler one bird was ringed and a I think a Chiffchaff.

Also from the N Causeway hide a Water Rail was in posing in the open mood and showed very well for at least 15 minutes.

A quick final check on the CP pool produced a Dunlin but it was so far away I think it was near the border with Worcestershire.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


On Wednesday morning for the third day on the trot I went over to Marsh Lane.Bit silly really at this time of year when birding is in the doldrums.

Only success I had was from the N Causeway hide where in the channels I had a Song Thrush and an adult and juvenile Water Rail. 

Keen to go somewhere other than Marsh Lane this morning I went to the NT property at Baddesley Clinton to see if any Spotted Flycatchers were showing any better than last time (very poorly) which was a week ago now.

As soon as I got to the spot by the stream inside the grounds I saw two of them hawking for flies.Stayed for an hour and had continuous views.Managed some decent shots despite the area being in dappled sunshine.

Almost managed some flight shots but not quite.

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.