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Monday, September 24, 2007

An interesting week

Redshank at Tichwell
A fertilising Redshank
Redshank at Tichwell
Distant views of the Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Long-tailed Skua
The week started well with a visit to Nene Washes to seek out a Purple Heron. Although no decent photographs were obtained we ( Will Bowell and I) did manage to be within about 15 ft of the juvenile before it flew from one of the dyke.
The chance to see a juvenile Long-tailed Skua was taken with about another 50 people at Newton in Nottinghamshire. Reasonably good views were obtained as this flighty bird moved from one ploughed field to the next.
The week was rounded off with a visit to Tichwell to see, from afar , a juvenile Long billed Doiwitcher.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Another Trip on the Yorkshire Belle

Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Artic Skua
Artic Skua
Artic Skua
Artic Skua
Artic Skua
Sooty Shearwater
Part two of my Father's day treat, following on from the trip around Bempton Cliffs, was a 3 1/2 hour pelagic trip from Bridlington to an area off Flamborough Head. A fair swell made the day even more memorable. Great, Pomarine, Artic and Long-tailed Skua were seen along with Blue Fulmar, Manx, Sooty and Balearic Shearwaters. Numerous flocks of Pink-footed geese were traveling south, one of which contained a Snow goose, perhaps the one seen later in the day at Holkam marshes. The following were also seen in a species total of 30----Puffin, Red throated diver, Little Turn, Little Gull, Gannet, Black Tern, Shag and Kittiwake. A superb day which included 3 additions to the life list.

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow at Rutland Water on 14th Sept 2007

Finches at Rutland Water


Little Egret

Little Egret at Rutland Water, Leics on 14th Sept 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Robin at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tits at Thorpe Hall, Peterborough


A scruffy Chiffchaff (probably) at Thorpe Hall

Thursday, September 06, 2007


Moorhen chick at Rutland Water, Lagoon 3, Leics. on 5 Sept 2007


Adult Ruff at Rutland Water,Lagoon 3, Leics on 5 Sept 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Greenshank at Rutland Water, Lagoon 3, Leics.


Lapwing at Rutland water, Lagoon 3, Leics.

Green Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper at Rutland Water, Lagoon 3, Leics.


Snipe at Rutland Water, Lagoon 3. Leics.on 3 Sept 2007