Sunday, 3 January 2016

Wild Shrike chase

As I've had a few goes at trying to connect with the Poppy Hill Great Grey Shrike I thought I'd make a map for anyone else interested in going for it.  It also seems to be staying in more or less the same set of bushes in recent days too, which makes things a little easier.  The map below details where to view from - the metal gateway overlooking the railway; see here:

Just to the left of the Network Rail sign, at the back of the field, are the bushes the Shrike has been hiding in.  For the last couple of days it has often been either at the very base of these bushes or buried within them - sometimes coming to sit on the outside.  Like this:

Great Grey Shrike, Poppy Hill, 3rd January 2016

The bird does move around quite a bit but has tended to come back to these bushes regularly recently.  There is a track just the other side of the favoured bushes which cars and tractors use.  If one goes past keep an eye out as this often makes the Shrike move - often flying a little way before going back in again.  Best of luck!

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Boxing Day Redpolls

I admit it, these things really do my head in. I find the 'subtle' differences between Lesser, Mealy, and Coue's Arctic Redpolls very difficult to master. I spent a good while watching a flock of 60 Redpolls at Broom this morning and although there were some clear Lessers in the flock, there were also a lot of intermediate birds too.  The birds above are some of those which weren't obvious Lessers (although the top two are perhaps rather debatable...)

(The images are straight from my GX7 via my iPad. I may get around to re-editing them, or I may not)

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits

Sorry for not letting everybody know about these birds at Broom.  They were in a part we probably shouldn't have been on and which just wouldn't have coped with more than a trickle of birders.  Isn't it lucky we had that obliging bird at Priory CP late last year!  It's just a shame one certain birder has thrown his toys out of the pram for not knowing the instant these birds were found.  Can you guess who it is?

Monday, 17 August 2015

Bee-eater slomo

I've just spent a week in Cumbria and wasn't far from the latest Bee-eater breeding attempt at Low Gelt Quarry.  I had to pop in, obviously.  Nice views, if a little distant were had, but they were so far off and quick that I thought a bit of slomo video was the order of the day.  It's not brilliant, but fun.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Hummer in slomo

These are so quick I thought the slomo mode on my iPhone 6 would give me a better view of the action!  Hummingbird Hawk-moth, The Lodge, 9th July 2015

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