Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Seeswood Pool 2008

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

24th August 2014

With not much nationally still I decided to head to Norfolk for the Red-backed Shrike which had showed well over the last cpl of days judging by the photos on the web!! Arrived on site just before 8 & had to wait 20mins for the carpark to open! after a further hike of about 1/2hr  I was soon watching a stunning ad male bird but stayed distant!! After about an hour the bird started becoming more active & eventually gave suberb views...........


23rd August 2014

With the Night Heron finally moving on from Seeswood Pool on the 18th & not much else being seen I decided to give Middleton Lakes a go!! Very quiet but did get Black-tailed Godwit, juv Whinchat & Stonechat with the latter giving good views.........

Monday, 4 August 2014

2nd August 2014

Spent the best part of Saturday back at Middleton Lakes RSPB trying for better photos of the Pacific Golden Plover,the bird showed well on & off but the weather was awful  & even more surprising is that the bird started calling  before suddenly taking of doing a circuit gaining hight & going, all this in an almighty downpour,after a quick change of clothes I headed up the pool to show Chris Bromley the Night Heron as I'd promised him he'd have good views!! He wasn't disappointed..........

Monday, 28 July 2014

26th July 2014

After finishing my Night shift I headed straight up to Seeswood Pool but no sign of the Night Heron between 5:30 - 6:30am so headed off for some much needed sleep! 2 1/2 hrs later I'm rudely awakened by a txt from Tom Perrins Golden Plover Sp believed American? Reply sent back why not Pacific a bit early for American? Reply back plumage wrong!! Short while later & bleary eyed I arrived on site along with Steve 'Snapper' Richards where we quickly scoped it & both said Pacific!! Much discussion by the ever increasing crowd & eventually most were happy with the ID a good few hrs on site then I headed back to Seeswood where the Night Heron put on a good show...........

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

22nd July 2013

Black-crowned Night Heron was the words spoken down the phone to me this morning which got my attention even though I'd only been in bed a cpl of hours after my night shift!! even better it was on Seeswood Pool a few txts & tweets later I was on site & having good views of a 2nd Summer bird which although was on the opposite side of the pool I still managed some reasonable images!! Only my 2nd in Warwickshire not counting the escaped bird from a few winters back in nearby Atherstone..... Many thanks to Alvin Burton for the call.....

Monday, 30 June 2014

30th June 2014

Always good to get Spotted Flycatcher locally in a traditional setting of an old church yard! Even better is they have young which should hopefully fledge within a week or so..........

21st June 2014

Headed down to East Sussex with Arch for 2nds on the Short-toed Eagle as when we had it in Hants a cpl of weeks ago we only had it perched!! Arrived on site just after 7:30am & were soon rewarded with good distant views perched up before it headed our way & gave stunning views but mostly against the light so photos not that good but spent most of the time just admiring it!! After having our fill we ended up looking for dragonflies managing Emperor,Golden-ringed Dragonflie, Broad-bodied Chasers,Keeled Skimmer,Beautiful Demoiselle & Four-spotted Chasers

Sunday, 8 June 2014

7th June 2014

Headed down to Norfolk for the Spectacled Warbler at Burnham Overy Dunes this morning which had been present all week, along with Archie & Jules we were on site from about 7-30am & were soon rewarded with fantastic views despite some of the crowd seemingly thinking they were at a football match!! picked up some other good birds along the way with Barn Owl,Spoonbill,Little Terns,Garganey,Corn Buntings & my 1st Grey Partridge of the year........

More Photos Here

5th June 2014

A txt off Tom Perrins whilst I was away working had me getting nervous Red-backed Shrike Ladywalk in my county of Warks & the 1st for 31yrs, luckily I was on earlies & within a few hrs managed to get over & have decent if not distant views of the stunning male........

Monday, 2 June 2014

31st May 2014

Decided to head down to Newport wetlands,Gwent today with Archie & Jules for the singing Savi's Warbler,on arrival we quickly heard the bird & had brief views before it sat up for a few minutes reeling away unfortunately deep in the reeds but still a good addition to the Year list after an hr or so we decided to head of to Devon for the Ross's Gull (1st summer) only my 2nd ever which showed well in the scope but not worth troubling my camera for then the pager went into meltdown Short-toed Eagle in Dorset showing well!! It was decided we would at least try for it & sure enough by 7pm we were watching it along with a good crowd!! No photos again as the bird was at distance but gave brilliant views in the scope (Only a 3rd for Britain) Needless to say a British tick for the 3 of us a fantastic day but knackering after 19+ hrs on the rd!!
Cpl of record shots of the Savi's below............