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.