It's been hard work to photograph anything of note this week, everytime Birdfair is on the birds vanish, looking through my records as I do when I'm struggling to locate anything it's always a but quiet this time of year.
A juvenile Night Heron would have been lovely but even though on a garden pond for nearly a month and with the species breeding for the first time in the UK down Somerset way....well I'm gutted no access was allowed and any information about the bird surpressed. That really pisses me off. I 'get' the private garden aspect BUT not the surpressing. The bird surely would visit other areas (canal, river and lakes are numerous nearby), money could've been raised for charity, a chance to get visiting birders to sign a petition to stop a railway terminal being built nearby all a missed opportunity. I've like others have withheld locations, bird locations for sensitive reasons as you can't account for the odd idiot. BUT a highly important bird like this needs to be out there, either word of mouth or the like. It's hard thing to judge and normally either way you go, you get a barrel of abuse.
We're loosing our county recorder Mike Alibone over something similar. People have got their knickers in a twist with me as I won't reveal the location of the nesting Osprey BUT I've put images out there, it's down to those who are desperate for whatever reason to observe at the nest (which there is no need, it's on a safe location) to GO out there and do a bit of old fashioned detection work or as the ol'timers call it...BIRDING.
A slow week as I've said the Dunlin and Ringed Plovers were still on the verges of Holowell Reservoir also sporadic visits from the Osprey but fly overs and no fishing attempts. Hard place to tog' waders, no hides, no real cover, my partner loves me coming home in mud surprised she hasn't got me doing a lie detector on Jeremy Kyle, yep on your belly crawling time and wait......and wait
Back-lit Ringed Plover
Only half usable image though was a family of Grey Wagtails on the dam at Sywell Country Park, things were that desperate I found myself at Sywell CP more herberts then wildlife here :-(
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The highlight was last night, with all the rain I sneaked a look at the big hole in the ground and had a sneaky look and the other big hole in the ground near the A45.
As I trudged back to the camera not having pushed the shutter button once three deer popped into the field I was crossing.
They certainly brightened up and dull evening especially as they were seemingly unconcerned with my presence and were busy grazing and playing
Yeah they have the cutesy factor but I have to wonder if they survive, A45 and main roads, their lack of fear, poachers in area, fox hunting and pheasant shooting might have an impact but wonder what damage they're going to cause with British deer in high numbers can the countryside bear the brunt of the damage?
When these animals escape why is there no big fine levied at the culprits? Woburn Safari Park isn't miles away from here so probably originally escaped from there.
As I said they were hardly fearful this is full frame and uncropped with the 500mm yet they still came over down to about one and half metres, my lens can't focus on anything less two and half metres and was wondering if I was going to stroke one!