|HOUSE MARTIN, COTTESBROOKE, 19TH JULY 2013|
|KESTREL, MAKING A CALL FOR SOME TAKE OUT, HASSLEBECH 19TH JULY 2013|
Saturday (20th) was dedicated to bird watching of another sort, the girlfriend wanted to go to a "French Market" at Castle Ashby, nice food (really nice), nice wine (really,really nice wine) and cheese (not so nice..yuk!) but despite it being a "French Market" not many French people for sale or present...shame. Meanwhile I kept looking skywards in between attempts to look interested, hundreds of House Martins mixed in with plenty of Swallows. First a Redkite glided over and the flock gathered up giving a good idea to the numbers, easily 100+ House Martins but only about 20 Swallows. The House Martins here were in very good numbers at this village, probably the best I've seen in the county, heard a Buzzard before seeing it also a Hobby. I must have been looking up for a long time as some old boy said "Have you seen the Raven?", "No" came the reply, he then went on to tell me about it, something to check out I thought. With the House Martins etc I pencilled a visit for Monday.
Sunday (21st) I foolishly took the advice of the weatherman who promised "sun" by early afternoon, so the morning I ventured to a fishing lake with a friend who had been seeing Kingfishers regularly, he wasn't joking, all morning I watched an adult male and female taking it in turns to feed two juveniles on a branch, completely un-bothered by our presence about 11am they vanished and according to my friend "they always do that, won't be back until the evening", great views but sadly my definition for close enough for an image is somewhat different to my mates, after I explained how close I would have to be I was promised a "new" spot, he will do it too, once he's got permission for me being at the private lake. Still no sun so I went up to Welford reservoir, not much image wise and bird wise, I did manage some Pied Wagtail images but nothing special.....when the sun finally showed itself....
|PIED WAGTAIL, WELFORD 21ST JULY 2013, A BIT CAMP LOOKING?|
|COLLARED DOVE, MY ROOF 22ND JULY 2013, NICE LICHEN!!|