Saturday, April 27, 2013

whinchat on the patch

On the patch last year I struggled with migrants nothing in the spring and only 2 wheatears in the autumn .This spring has been my best year so far, yesterday 10 wheatear and a female redstart, last weekend 5 wheatear and male redstart and today a cracking male whinchat .
Also in the week a few raptors in the sunshine .
Patch birding .

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

No larking around

Last night after work 
the day London got hit by a mass of migrant birds 
there was a good chance of wheatear 
and the only thing between me and a photo was this bull in the field 
There are 3 wheatear in the photo behind the bull
 Anyway tonight the bull was distant so took a chance
and managed a few photos 
 While crawling on the grass to try and get close 
I came across a skylark
which was nice

Sunday, April 14, 2013

redstart day two

 I was amazed yesterday that I had a redstart on the patch but today I was ready 
it only let me have this one chance of a photo on the post 
and would not let me get close again
three times i returned but would not play ball

This bird I see a few years ago
but was on the other side of a fence
much better feather detail shame about the fence

Saturday, April 13, 2013

common but not on my patch

My highlight of this morning was a cracking male common redstart

my first record on northweald common shame it didn't  hang around for some better photos but more than happy I got this .
 nice to see some made the leap to join us for the summer
 Willow warblers singing
Plenty of meadow pipits as well

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My treat at the seaside

When you get asked to go southend for a walk along the sea front and pier with the family and friends you have to take advantage of the delights that southend has to offer and there was plenty on offer .


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