Well on the stolen memory card front I had my suspicion confirmed when fellow birder Martin Swannell came up to me yesterday to deliver the bad news that he'd found the bag in which they were in. Some considerable distance from where not only had I left them but also in spot I don't stop at. The location does in my mind confirm to me who had them away. It's kind of ripped my gut out, to the extent from now on I'm distancing myself from the whole 'birding scene'. No more exchanging of birds, no more sharing new locations etc, no more reporting of birds not that it matters I don't find to many 'reportables' and no more images for local reports again not an issue as there are many toggers etc I'M JUST MAKING MY POSITION CLEAR. Whilst I'm drawing lines in the sand, those who actually know me and have met me know I'm not exactly the shy retiring type so take note, the individual I believe (I'm rarely wrong) took these cards when I see you next I WILL confront you I will challenge you, if I believe it to be you after confronting you, YOU ARE GETTING KNOCKED OUT. I've notified my picture agencies legal department who have a team that all they do is trawl blogs, magazines, newspapers, websites, social media and photo sharing websites....think I'm joking? Double dare you to post an image....go on.
MASSIVE THANK YOU TO MARTIN SWANNELL and nice talking to you yesterday.
So what did I get from yesterday? Unsurprisingly not much I just wasn't in the mood to be fair, way to angry but I bet you guessed that :-/
Got a diving Red Kite
Friday, 29 May 2015
Not happy today. After my visit on Wednesday to Quarry Walk I realised I messed up big time. When changing over memory cards I'd place my small bag containing the cards on the ground and forgot to pick them up, worse still as I had work related things to do on Thursday I hadn't realised until late afternoon. Off I sped to the location and realised they'd been picked up by someone. As I only photograph in a couple of locations I knew where they should've been. Not many people venture to where I was, in fact the whole time I've been there I've only seen TWO OTHER BIRDERS AND NO DOG WALKERS etc. So I tweeted hoping to nudge people's consciousness but alas no response. Now I'm not too bothered about the cards I've got loads but to loose them is a pain. Sadly the images are still on the cards, they hadn't been formatted after being backed up to my external hard drive and online backup. So I haven't lost the images, however I know one card has air of Short eared Owls from about three years back which might've proved to tempting for some toggers.....perhaps. Like I've said the images have all been posted both on my website and blog (like my header image) and have the RAW images in storage so now I'm just waiting for to see if the images appear anywhere online or for sale, IF and I'm hoping it's a BIG if this happens mark my words two thing WILL happen, I will legally prosecute for copyright theft and secondly persecute. I'm not happy as I've said sat at this spot near the reeds in the long grass all these years I've only ever seen two people both birders here and NEVER Joe Public and dogs etc....NOT HAPPY.
Thursday, 28 May 2015
This post has been over two sites Moulton Quarry 23/05/15 and 25/05/15 and Quarry Walk/Pastures Farm 26/05/15 and 27/05/15.
I was hoping to post shed loads of images but it didn't quite work out as planned.
MOULTON QUARRY 23/05/15: I arrived at the quarry and something wasn't quite right it was silent and not much flying around, in fact nothing flying around. Anything coming near the site was flying around rather then over the site. Even the Crows were coming over then quickly diving/twisting to avoid the quarry floor. I had been worried about the site for a while mostly the increase in motorcross bikes but also the amount of litter including drug paraphernalia (joint butts and plastic bottle bongs). The mystery was soon solved as I heard the all too familiar damp squib sound of an air riffle. Sure enough two 18/21 year olds taking pot shots at passing birds. BIG MISTAKE! I'm well known for my calm and measured approach to idiots (sarcasm applied), took a quick evidential photo and snuck up on the pair. Let's just say a foul mouthed 'me' had a few words the lad placed the newly purchased riffle in its carry case at this point I snatched it and things got a bit heated, what I will say is I walked away with no injuries and the riffle in hand which I handed into the police. Can't/won't comment about the other two's health. Unsurprisingly birds were very thin on the site, the Sandmartins were OK but grey skies meant no images I did get this Muntjac though
25/05/15: I deliberately gave the quarry a wide berth for one day just in case the two lads returned with 'mates' I also had to hand the riffle in and a statement to the police, though this wouldn't be my only encounter with the police today...I got to the site quite late and the sky was awful. I did a quick survey, watched a Little Owl, the Sandmartins and a Red Kite. Plenty of Blackcap's but sadly no images they're truly a massive bogey bird for me. I opted for a walk along the footpath that leads from Boughton to the quarry. It's a little gem of a footpath, think dark tree lined country lane
The second two fast moving motocross bikes both were police on their way to deal with it, I will be honest it was a relief. So I hung around the new spot. Found this Chiff-Chaff
I could hear the bikes 'scatter' and chuckled to myself. I could hear two bike coming my way and instantly knew it was the police, the engines were revving in low'ish gears and we're taking their time getting to me. They stopped to chat and phone numbers were exchanged, before you shout nark, well fuck off I don't care. A lot of the unofficial/permissive footpaths have been blocked off by landowners to prevent the bikers. So if the bikers themselves respected the official right of ways and realise other people including horse riders use the footpaths and stopped using the byways as a race track then I wouldn't have to be a 'nark'. Once the coppers disappeared I got this Long Tailed Tit foraging for food
QUARRY WALK 26/05/15: I opted to go to the Reed Bed. Skies were intermittently blue so Hobbies were the order of the day. Sadly I didn't manage many as they were distant and as always when they came close it was with either clouds or that horrible milky like sky.
I've opted to post this record shot of a Cuckoo and Hobby sat in tree together as yesterday (27/05/15) I told two other birders what I saw and wasn't believed and even though the Hobby is hidden and the Cuckoo out of focus but it's all there, just...
The best treat though for the day came in the form of the very common Garden Warbler. Quite a plain looking bird but a very skulky bird and quite rare and hard not to get branches etc obscuring it. This one was very showy
I thought it was going to leap for the passing insects in the next image but it was just flapping it's wings
These with 700mm on tap were near enough full frame with only a miniscule of difference and cropped a little but what the heck I'm not sure I'll get too many unobsecured images...probably.
I walked back along the river Nene beside the quarry. Found a Kingfisher, a Red Kite carrying a rabbit, couple of Hobbies, a House Martin nesting in a pipe at the lock probably the worst nesting site in the world if the water levels rise it's an overflow pipe to prevent damage to the lock during flooding etc. A stubborn horse blocked my path across the lock. I clapped, gestured, shouted, shoved, smacked, yelled some more and even used my phone and a loud siren phone tone to move the beast, I couldn't get round it apart from eventually and nervously squeezing behind it, luckily it didn't kick out.
QUARRY WALK 27/05/15: not much was achieved image wise as I put all my eggs into one (two actually) basket and concentrated on Hobbies and Reed Warblers. Failed miserably on the Reed Warbler front and not much better on the Hobby front. My best efforts of the day or should that be worse?
Got this female Reed Bunting too
The Cuckoo is still present but was boosted yesterday by the presence of a female (finally) I watched it chase the female around the site she didn't seem to keen, I did see it mate once, I was feeling sorry for this lone male so to have a female turn up was the highlight of my birding week.
Friday, 22 May 2015
WEDNESDAY: despite the dubious weather I headed over to Moulton Quarry. Confirmation that the Jackdaws had evicted the Kestrel from it's tree cavity and one of the Little Owl's had also been evicted. I haven't been able to locate the exact new nesting site of the Kestrel as it's on private land. But both birds keep going to the same small spinney, interestingly right near one of the three Buzzard nests.
Friday, 15 May 2015
I eventually got some good close up flyby's