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Wednesday 28 February 2024

Treecreeper - Saved the Day

We are back to square one in this area. 
More rain has caused yet more flooding and the day I took these images it was very windy. 
This probably means more rain on the way.
I'm wondering if the blue sky in the images will last very long.

I didn't think I would see much on the walk, but this Treecreeper below turned up and saved the day somewhat, as far as getting any meaningful nature images.

Way in the distance I could see this Roe Buck feeding on grass and being kept company by several Hen Pheasants. I had to X2 the range of the lens to get the shots. Much of the field he was in was waterlogged.

Blue Tit

A curious Robin.

One wild flower that can be found along the paths and in the fields now is the Lesser Celandine.

I could hear the sound of a Woodpecker tapping on wood and discovered high up in a tree, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker. As most always, getting a clear shot was not possible.

The Chiffchaff continues to show and catch available flies over the river.

Great Tits are now very vocal and show quite well.

We don't need any more rain now for a while.

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Male Siskin Tracked

I visited Radipole Reserve Weymouth last weekend and found several female Siskin in the tall Alder trees.

I did see one male, but couldn't get a decent shot. So a return visit was necessary to track down this uncooperative male.

Sure enough a male (answering the description😎) was discovered amongst a lot of Goldfinch in the same batch of Alder trees.

Some of the Goldfinch mentioned above.

A Cormorant drying out his wings observed on the lake. The white filoplumes on the side of his head are present prior to breeding. 

A Woodpigeon searching the ground for food.

I like this particular scene at Radipole and shoot it quite often especially at this time.

Saturday 17 February 2024

Birds of the Week

A selection of images taken over the last week.

Mr Tufti was a sleep on the job and didn't want to be photographed. 

The main bird of interest was the Siskin, which was observed on some Alder trees in Radipole Reserve.
I counted six females and one male. I just couldn't get a good shot of the lone male though. 

At Lodmoor Reserve a Little Egret and a Grey Heron were searching and finding plenty of large worms in the water bed.

The usual flocks of Mediterranean gulls were resting at Lodmoor.

A pair of Mute Swans observed at Radipole.