Friday, 17 May 2013

MY LOCAL SPARROWHAK AND BITS AND BOBS

Well just to keep those informed, Mr.and Mrs.Sparrowhawk seem to be doing fine. A quick chat/visit yesterday at Paul's house confirmed things are moving along at pace. The female judging from her behaviour is definitely sitting on eggs. She never moves, even when the male brings in food, when he brings nesting material in she doesn't even leave the nest to place the twig, the one time she did move was when the male was absent and a squirrel approached the nest and the female just lunged at it sending the squirrel into free fall to the ground, quite comical, not sure it survived no way of checking as it's impossible to get near the nest. The male is an odd bird, I looked at Paul's list of prey and pulled a face when I saw on the list "slice of bread", it wasn't from Paul but from many of the slices left out by the residents for the mallards and gulls. Wouldn't have believed it had I not seen the male bring back a slice of bread during my visit. I enjoyed watching the male chasing a Jay that strayed to near the nest, the male regularly sits on one tree a few feet from the nest keeping a vigil on her (see image below), though the Jay is a regular visitor so it's either brave,stupid or soon to be food.....
I've personally been busy, taking an exam to add another dangerous goods to my current ADR license, football of course and then there's work, every time I've been able to get out with a camera it's absolutely poured down or like today damp and miserable, I must have slept through summer, a quick stop of at Billing Aquadrome on the way to a friends house at nearby Cogenhoe proved interesting. There was a "hatching" of loads of insects, I think they were May fly's but it seemed like every Common Tern,Swift,Swallow,Housemartin and even three Sandmartin had found out. On the Marina lake there was approximately 80 Swifts, 20 Swallows, 12, Housemartins, 3 Sandmartins and 1 Hobby the Hobby chasing the swifts and swallows and everything else chasing the Mayflys. Sadly the weather was appalling so my excuse for poor images. All the images were done at ISO 1000 on the swallows I had to go +1 2/3 over exposing just to get the dark areas brighter (no point going for swifts in such poor light) on the terns I was able to drop the ISO and exposure but the light was still terrible (see first image) and the rain was pelting down you might just make out the rain in the second tern image





8 comments:

  1. Great news about the Sparrowhawks Doug. Certainly better parents than some of the human excuses.

    Great shots of the swallows and Tern.

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    1. Cheers Keith, I was thinking along the same lines about "parenting" whilst watching these two.

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  2. It's good to see the raptors have settled. Be even better to see the chicks.
    There isn't a bad bird flying.....spot on...drop dead gorgeous shots.

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    1. Thanks Adrian, just wished there had been sun, ducking every few seconds as a swift whisked past my head was frustrating not being able to turn the lens in their direction, fingers crossed for the sprawks:)

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  3. Great news about the Sparrowhawks Doug, and I'm glad they have moved house! Cracking images, particularly of the Common Terns.

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    1. Cheers Ben, I'm also glad they've, the tree is well protected from even the most determined, let's hope we get some good weather now.

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  4. Good to see the Sparrowhawks are making good progress Douglas. I guess the 'old man' is saving his energy?...a slice of bread is much easier to to 'hunt down'!!
    Great flight images, even without the sun!...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, Paul and I saw it again this evening with bread! It's very odd behaviour, as a result I'm starting an organisation called S.O.B (save our bread) to protect our bread supplies from this "mindless,vicious killer"...or maybe not:)

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