Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Turtle Dove

A pleasant find along Wood Lane this evening. I didn't find any there last year so hopefully this ones hangs around and finds a mate. Almost scarcer than the oriental variety these days!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Slavs in May

Beautiful birds at this time of year. The top image was taken a week or so back in Scotland from a public hide but today a spanking individual graced Priory CP and was keeping away from the dogs and speed boats.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Trauma at the Twitch

Some wacky races around the lanes of Northants this morning trying to track down an illusive Black Stork. It had been flushed by dog walkers from it's orginal location and looked to have given prople the slip. After some news of it's relocation I eventually managed to catch up with it near Weedon Bec. The image of the Stork was not one I have taken this morning !

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Grouse Sermon

Using one of these to shoot Red Grouse has to be more challenging and rewarding than using one of these instead ..............

The wealth of species found on our moorlands in England and Scotland are a shadow of what they could be if only more money could be made by estates from shooters using the camera rather than the gun.


Two confiding birds found feeding at a roadside stop at Dundonnell on the West Coast last week. These are no where common and finding them was a real treat.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

a few Landscapes for a change.....

Loch Maree


Loch Ewe

Gruinard Bay


Sgurr Mor ??

Beinn Liath Bheag ??

Loch Droma

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summer Loonies

Poor photos but great birds. Plenty of Great-northern Divers on the west coast of Scotland in their summer plume including a spanking White-billed at Burghead. Black-throated are my favourite though and have immaculate plumage this time of year.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Night at the Lek

An indulgence on the Glenlivet Estate with these fantastic birds. Images alone don't do them justice.

Collared Flycatcher

A timely find by David Roche at Holme in Norfolk. My drive home from Scotland was already diverted to Kings Lynn so this was a bird not to be missed!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Back with the Wagtails

The light was good enough this morning to try using my 1.4x converter. I don't use it too often because AF with the pins taped with my 100-400mm IS rarely pays off but this morning I was glad I took it along. These birds are a joy to watch and photograph.