|COMMON BUZZARD (BUTEO BUTEO), BLUE SKIES FOR A BIT|
I arrived and the carpark was empty, it was 11:00, hardly early, weird I expected some cars, then I saw the signs "RSPB MEMBERS YOU CAN NO LONGER PARK FOR FREE", oh that's one reason then, the second I guess was the £3 for all day parking or £2 for an hour, NORTHAMPTONERS YOU TRULY ARE TIGHT BUGGERS, and I don't mean the birders but general public, still the prospect of an empty and very large playground to myself I was happy to hand over £3, my cigarettes cost me more then that!!! Undisturbed but in shockingly low light (ISO 1200+ AND 1/25 SEC SHUTTER SPEED) I took a slow walk round to the hide, this meant I was able to sneak up on Song Thrush. numerous Bullfinch,Long Tail Tits, Nuthatches, Coal Tits, Willow Tits, Goldcrests, loads of Chaffinches and only a few Greenfinch plus a Treecreeper, nice short walk to the hide and my first surprise.
I haven't been to Fineshades for ages, at least two years! I was greeted by the majority of the conifer type trees that lined the footpath were gone...brilliant loads of light and a nice clearing taking shape, there were a few of the old trees on the footpath so got another Goldcrest and Coal Tit. Looks a lot better then my last memory of the place.
|NUTHATCH (SITTA EUROPAEA), PLAYING AROUND WITH WHITE BALANCE|
Very enjoyable day, going to have to go back I think.
|NUTHATCH (SITTA EUROPAEA), HARDLY A NATURAL SETTING|