Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Stockgrove Country Park

On a dull and blustery day I took myself off to Stockgrove to check my camera was working properly after I dropped it quite heavily yesterday. Going on the results with a different lens on, it seems ok which is more than I can say for my poor old 300mm f4 which is now in need of some major surgery.

Anyway the usual stuff was at the bridge, sadly still no Marsh Tit on site.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year to all in the Beds Birds fraternity.

Cheers

Sean










Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Goldcrest

I had a trip around Bedfordshire today looking for the Great Northern Diver at Stewartby, Firecrest at Meadow Lane, Great White Egret at Willington, & Dartford Warbler in Aspley Heath. I completely failed on all 4 counts not a sign when I was about, but all were reported later in the day so they are still about.

Never mind I can console myself with some very close views of a Goldcrest at Aspley Heath and some Long-tailed Tits at Stewartby so it wasn't a complete bomb out on the photographic front.










Saturday, 12 December 2015

Friday, 11 December 2015

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Cormorant

Cormorant, Stewartby Lake, 28th November 2015
Leucistic Cormorant, Stewartby Lake, 28th November 2015. I'm not sure 'leucistic' is the correct term for the plumage type this bird features - 'browning' might be it?

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

Scaups at Cuckoo Bridge

For such a mediocre site - few birds except Mallards and Mute Swans, this is the third record of Scaup I've had here - first a flock of seven about five years ago, then a single the same year and then two today.


Saturday, 31 October 2015

Penduline Tits

Penduline Tits
Penduline Tits, Broom GP, 31st October 2015.  Unfortunately on a private section of the complex.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Bufflehead

Bufflehead, Priory CP, 29th October 2015

Bufflehead, Priory CP, 29th October 2015

Bufflehead, Priory CP, 29th October 2015

Bufflehead, Priory CP, 29th October 2015

Bufflehead, Priory CP, 29th October 2015
Just a few of today's Bufflehead at Priory CP, 29th October 2015.  It was metal ringed on its right leg. This hasn't stopped previous claims getting accepted - the Roadford Reservoir, Devon bird of 1998-1999 was also ringed.

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