I took an afternoon walk across Sopley Common this afternoon, keeping careful distance from the odd other person I came across. I managed to see several birds – most partly hidden or in the distance. The most exciting distance one was this dartford warbler, that I got an “id” shot of. I did manage a reasonable shot of this stonechat, that was not as far away. As well as these
This afternoon I took a walk around Stanpit Marshes Nature reserve, with the weather starting out sunny, read the recent nature sighting board – and there apparently were Scandinavian Rock pipets sighted there recently. I of course then set out to see one! This is my contender! Whether it is or not I am not sure – there is some interesting reading about the Scandinavian Rock pipets on the Christchurch
I went for a walk towards Hengistbury Head on the second day of Storm Jorge. The weather was mainly bright and sunny -with the occasional downpour. The wind was something else – very strong – especially on the coastline by the headland. Apart from a single gull in flight the wildlife was limited, but I did have some fun shooting the incoming waves.
Over the past weekend I went on a couple of walks over two nature reserves, Blashford lakes ( windy and somewhat dull weather ) and Stour Valley Way – much nicer. At Blashford I did manage to get this shot of a Long-tail tit though. Whereas the Stour Valley yielded more.
I have been out again videoing some Starling Murmuration locally over the December to January period. Here are the resulting videos.
In this post I will be posting my videos and occassional images of the Starling Murmurations I have seen at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve for the 2018-19 season. First off a still image – I don’t often take these as I am normally filming videos. It reminds me off a glass slipper from Cinderella for some reason. Below here are my videos.
I took a visit on a bright and cold February day to Stanpit in the hope of shooting some wild birds, especially the Stonechat’s which if you can find them there can be fairly co-operative. The walk around was very bracing, and they were not in their normal spot near the playing fields, and it was only near the end of the walk around that I found some in the
I spent a couple of nice weekend in early May at Blashford Lakes Nature reserve, wandering around with my Canon 500mm lens and converters. I saw a wide variety of birds and some bunny rabbits, as this post will hopefully show. First from the Tern Hide, and with a 2x Converter attached to the lens – a Little Ringed Plover. Reflections of a Black-headed gull and Redshank from the same
Last Sunday I visited Testwood Lakes Wildlife Reserve. The day was overcast and grey – and I’ve never seen much there before – so what could I find this time out. Well not a lot until I visited the first of the two bird hides there – where a Green Woodpecker was outside on the grass. There were some distant ducks outside this hide too – but even with my