Saturday, 4 February 2017

ODDS 'N' SODS

I've not allowed poor light and miserable weather deter me from venturing out with the camera. The way I see it if the camera boosts great usability at high iso's then I'd be a fool not to test the claim.
Sadly finding much of interest has been trickier. 
Summer Leys no longer appears to be the wintering congregation spot for wintering wildfowl with more lakes and habitats spreading along the Nene Valley wildfowl seems to be more thinly spread out. Great White Egrets seem to be regular but often distant. Sadly no Golden Plover of any serious numbers frequent the reserve this winter. The sight of thousands circling the reserve a distant memory, where exactly are all these Golden Plover breeding successfully on Grouse Moors?
Plenty of Water Rail on the reserve though. 

Also from the reserve, a Goldcrest, Wren and a Gadwall 



Waxwings are still dropping in at several sites around Northamptonshire. Sadly always whilst I'm at work. One flock about 1/2 mile from home I heard about too late but one at Sywell about 2 to 3 mile away remained. 
So ignoring the fact Chelsea were playing Arsenal I ventured out. The colour ringed bird is well documented on other blogs so won't bore you with were it was rung etc.  Suffice to say it's gone from Aberdeen, Nottingham and now Northants is interesting. 



Got to watch them trying to catch insects on the wing but messed up them shots, got a 50/50 flight shot with 'berry' in mouth but room for improvement.

8 comments:

  1. Hmmmm!...Chelsea and Arsenal mentioned in a post titled Odd 'n' Sods...now there's a thing?
    Nice to see the Water Rail showing well and I'm jealous of those Waxwing shots...I've still not managed to connect with any so far this year, I think time might be running out now though?
    I guess creating more habitat is good for the wildlife, if not so good for us 'watchers'?...[;o)

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    1. In front of the main hide at Summer Leys we've had up to three Water Rail showing really well amongst the leaf litter and vegetation. I'm surprised you've not been able to connect with any Waxwings yet, I'd say they generally moving southwards so don't give up just yet

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    1. Cheers Findlay though I'd swap them for a Hen Harrier anyday

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  3. Superb images, Doug - every one! That new camera is performing well! Pleased to see you connected with Waxwings in good light. Detail in the Water Rail and Goldcrest images is great when you 'click on the pic'.

    Best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. I was so pleased to get the rail in the open, there is a really showy rail or two at the moment, annoyingly there was equa8showy but brief Cettis that I missed.

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  4. Hi mate, long time since I had a real look into the Blogging world, my apologies! Anyhow, great post and loving the Goldcrest image, a real stunner.........

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    1. No need for apologies, I've seen via other social media you've been busy of late with erecting nest boxes etc. Glad you got a bit of a special bird too

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