Thursday, 20 January 2022

Mediterranean Gull (Adult Winter Plumage)

A few flight shots of a Mediterranean Gull in what I believe (from my research such as it is) to be in 3rd winter adult plumage. 
I took these images at Radipole Lake Reserve Weymouth.







Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Eclipse Plumage - Goldeneye Duck

Generally Ducks in eclipse plumage do not look at their best.
This Goldeneye I photographed recently at Radipole Lake Reserve Weymouth is certainly no exception.













Sunday, 16 January 2022

Single Image Post


The beautiful Great Tit is always worth a shot or two.
Oddly enough I don't get to see so many Common birds like the Great Tit in the areas I survey. I shall have to search for suitable locations, now that the birds are beginning to look at their best for the forthcoming Spring. 


 

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Back Lit Beardies

On a visit to Radipole Reserve Weymouth today, the weather had improved and it was blue sky and bright sunlight.

Not so good if you come across (as I did) a small flock of Bearded Tits feeding in the reeds with the low Sun directly behind them.

I have observed these little beauties on a number of occasions at Radipole, but this was the most difficult location based on the direction of the sun in relation to the birds.

So after considerable post production here is the result of my efforts.

















Saturday, 8 January 2022

Portland Visit

A short visit to the Portland Bill area revealed little in the way of Bird life.  
My main target was the Purple Sandpiper as a few have been sighted more recently, which is the normal time for them now.
Ther rocky shoreline is the place to find them, but unfortunately after searching the whole immediate area I was unsuccessful.



What isn't difficult to find at any time of the year is the Rock Pipit.
Always worth a photograph, they are in attendance year out somewhere around the Bill.








Out to sea whihc was. quite rough, I could pick out Gannets and various Gulls. Even with a 600 mm equivalent lens and 1.4 converter I could only just manage shots like this below.


A search of the moorland for Stonechat was also unsuccessful.
Such is a Nature Observers luck sometimes.



Friday, 7 January 2022

Lodmoor Reserve Visit

A visit to Lodmoor Reserve this week.
Entering the Reserve I was greeted by the Gate Guard Mr Robin.



The main event was a flying training day by a family of Mute Swans.
Mum and Dad and the four offsprings. 

Pre Flight Briefing


Positive rate of climb, gear up.















Of course the Lapwings had to show their skills afterwards. 





Other residents such as Teal Duck, Black-tailed Godwits, Shelducks and a few tired Lapwings showed little interest.





Even with 1.4 lens converter I could not get close to the distant Greenfinch and female Bullfinch feeding in a tree at the edge of the reserve. I will look out for them next time.