Sunday, 15 May 2016

March

March is always an interesting month. The winter visitors are still hanging around but by the months end the first signs of spring are there to cheer you up.

Adders have been out of hibernation since the begining of February so they can be quite active in March.

Sea Anemone in a rock pool.

Common Buzzard.

Changing light conditions will change the colours that you see on the bird.

Red Deer have still got their antlers.

Frogs in my pond.

Young Golden Eagle.

Glaucous Gull.

Great Northern Diver starting to get it's summer plumage.

Male Hen Harrier.

Iceland Gull.

Northern Wheatear just back from Africa.

Otter.

Raven.

Redwing will soon be heading back to Iceland.

The Tawny Owl is nesting already.

Whooper Swans having a rest before they do that last 1000 miles!

White-tailed Eagle bookends.

Almost the equivalent of holding hands.
 Everyone likes a good sing-song.
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Northern Cyprus and Turkey

A welcome break to Turkey was more about relaxing than birding so I grabbed the opportunity while I could. Enjoy.

Blue Rock Thrush.

Crested Lark

Finsch's Wheatear

Graceful Prinia

Hen Harrier

Laughing Dove

Rock Nuthatch

Sandwich Tern

Serin

White-winged Tern (not 100% on that one) with a Sandwich Tern
Plenty of common stuff around too - Magpie, Jay, Hooded Crow, White Wagtail, House Sparrow etc.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Trip to Newcastle.

A trip to Newcastle gave me a chance to catch up with a few species that I haven't seen for a while.

Kestrel.
Little Owl - not seen one of these since Oct 2008.
Smew - not seen one of these since early 2008. I've never had a view this good though.
Splendid looking bird.
Good to see the bird stretch it's wings.
I hadn't seen Roe Deer since 2007.
It was good to get into a feeding station and see the likes of Great Spotted Woodpecker...
...Magpie...
...Nuthatch...
...and Stock Dove.
A quick trip to the coast produced Short-eared Owl...
...and Tree Sparrow.
A trip to Turkey followed this so that'll be the next post.