Sunday, 12 December 2010

Waxwings What Else?

When these birds arrive bird ,wildlife and photography websites crash.  I have tried to show shots with something different than other people's fantastic shots.  See the captions for why they are included.
Colour Ringed (see B.T.O. website on how to report sightings of these)

 Crest Feather Moulting

Not the usual Blue Background 

Friday, 12 November 2010


Male Linnet
Rival Male
Blood Spuggy
This is what they were known as locally with Spuggy being our name for Sparrow.  These names are disappearing along with, I am glad to say bird nesting

Friday, 5 November 2010


Male Siskin
Male Siskin
Photograph aesthetically spoilt by ring on leg.  I put the ring there, so yes I shot myself in the foot.
Female/Juvenile Siskin
In the hand it is possible to tell adult females from juveniles.  Whilst doing this you see the true beauty of
these wonderful little finches.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


A Twite in the hand is worth ten on the beach,
This was taken in our early days of trying to catch these birds.  We soon realised that although the flock may be one hundred strong you take what is under the net as adults are much more wary.
Although not as sharp as above a much more natural pose.
Less white on the wings indicates an older bird than the one above

Monday, 27 September 2010


This shot shows how elegant they are even when stretching

Included to show fish

My best shot where you can see the legs

Monday, 20 September 2010

Booted Eagle

Photographed from moving mini-bus it's carrying a large fresh water snail
Some Tail Moult
Mini-bus movement blurr

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Griffon Vulture

View from old nest.
Rock face behind holds 80 nests
Enjoyed how the coverts lift in light draft

Griffon Vulture

Distinctive Silhouette
First of a progressively close encounter
A disappointing not dead yet look.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


Notice the wet areas on the perch and the fish being filleted.
The wings look the normal colour
The bird turns through 180 degrees and orange appears in the blue wings.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Whooper Swan

It could be a Sir Peter Scott painting
No two bills are the same.
On spotting me it did not land.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Mute Swan

Coming into a winter roost.

None of these fledged.
Not frozen into the ice.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Great Tit

Male in full breeding plumage
Found in nest ,entrance from top of gate post. 
Another male in full breeding plumage.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Blue Tit

So much aggression

Proceeded to brake the ice and then bath.
Picture looks very flat for some reason.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Long-tailed Tit

Picking lard off the wall,
I know I have better shots somewhere.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Coal Tit

A favourite,love the speed. 

Marsh Tit

Natural nest hole between the roots of this tree.
Pleased with this shot as taken in the rain.
The same bird different branch

Wednesday, 25 August 2010


All three shots taken from a parked car.