|SPARROWHAWK, MALE(ACCIPTER NISUS) AND LICHEN COVERED ROOF...NICE!|
Wasn't going to post it as it was taken through the glass of the car windows (memo to self, clean car) and the harsh side light coming in from the left, but I noticed the white markings on the birds wings, similar to that which Richard Pegler had photographed and remarked about on his blog and given all the corvids in my area are also developing white primaries was wondering if anyone had any ideas why the white bits. I hope this individual is the same bird that has bred near me for the last two years, fingers crossed.
I went down to the Billing Aquadrome as the petrol station does some fantastic sandwiches to have for my lunch later on and whilst polishing off my second coffee of the day I was scanning the Great Crested Grebes and Gulls for anything of note when I spied two Oystercatchers near the Billing Mill pub. It's a bit of shame this area, litter strewn all over the place, heroin addicts chasing heroin and potheads getting high in their cars don't make it an ideal place to step out with "tasty" camera gear, but I did, a monopod isn't just for carrying a camera on y'know! It is a shame as I've seen Oystercatchers breeding not too far away from the new leisure complex on the Aquadrome and even venturing around the pubs tables around people oblivious to their presence before, Kingfishers, Otters, Common Terns and even a Peregrine chasing gulls once.
|OYSTERCATCHER, (HAEMATOPUS OSTRALEGUS) TAKING A STROLL|
|THE BEST SITE IN THE WORLD A SOARING REDKITE (MILVUS MILVUS)|