30.8.16.

Tuesday…Sunny and 20ºC early morning.

Only a short visit to HC this morning. A juvenile Green Woodpecker was busy digging in the soil, looking for a meal. It’s tiring work digging for a young Woodpecker. It was falling asleep at times. But at least while it was enjoying a snooze in the warm morning sun, I could keep getting closer….

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I saw 4 Small Coppers….

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Grey Squirrel…

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Great-spotted Woodpecker high in a tree…

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Another late Silver Ground Carpet….

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On such a nice morning I was hoping for more Dragonflies. I only saw this Common Darter…

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29.8.16.

Bank Holiday Monday…Sunny and it got up to 19ºC this morning.

After yesterdays trip to Rutland and carrying my big lens round all day. We thought we would have a nice walk round Grafton Wood in search for Brown Hairstreaks. This was unsuccessful again, and also means we probably won’t see one this year now. Only having the morning to spare and it being a beautiful day, Me and Ken won’t be surprised if the people we passed coming home, would have probably seen them this afternoon. We still enjoyed our gentle walk. I would highly recommend a visit to Grafton Wood, for anybody who hasn’t been there. I will start off by showing some of the scenery surrounding the wood…

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I hope this next video works. To get to the Wood you have to cross 4 fields. At about midway and with 2 fields to cross we heard what sounded like a barking. The nearer we got you could tell it wasn’t a dog. We both agreed it was probably a Deer, But which one? It didn’t stop calling for at least half an hour. We tried to see if we could spot what was making the noise for identification purposes, but it was deep in the middle of the wood. Getting home and going through the UK Deer calls I would guess Roe Deer. But if anyone else knows for sure, please correct me. Only taping on my phones video, the sound quality is poor, and may be best heard through headphones. But the actual call in the wood was quite loud…

This Orb Weaver spider certainly lives up to it’s name. Looked great in the sunlight…

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I know some Invertebrates roll leaves to lay their eggs in. But it’s the 1st time I’ve seen a bird checking the rolled leaf out on tip toes…OK OK!!! Tip Claws. In this case a Chiffchaff…

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Southern Hawker…

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Every Speckled Wood has a Silver Lining…

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Meadow Brown…

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Green-veined White…

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28.8.16.

Sunday…Sunny and Cloudy Spells. 18ºC.

Me and Ken decided on a trip to Rutland Water. I know this building is not Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle, just reminded me of it a bit. It’s been a good few years since I came to Rutland Water. I was amazed how much work they had done there. There are several new hides, looking over totally new scrapes

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Early morning we saw a distant Osprey, and also a Hobby, but we did’t get photos of either bird. Ken did manage this photo of our first Ruddy Darter this year…

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Great White Egrets were visible from the visitors centre, one circled and gave us a fly by. Also photographed the other distant one catching a small fish…

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There were really excellent numbers of Little Egrets. On the bottom photo is the back Egret laughing at the front one?

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A juvenile Peregrine Falcon cleared most of the scrape we were watching…

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Also on the scrape was a Great Black-backed Gull with it’s pink legs. Good comparison with the lapwings…

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Most things I seem to photograph just lately are distant. How typical is it, to get a really close bird, only to be obscured by Willow leaves…In this case a Barn Owl, which we saw fly into the tree, and I only just managed to find it in there. Still fantastic to see though…

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Greenshank and Ruff…

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Rutland Water always has good numbers of Egyptian Geese. I think this is my 1st flight photo of one. On the bottom photo is this Egyptian Goose a little bit confused? I think it thinks it’s a breeding Osprey…

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Migrant Hawkers…

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Black-tailed Godwit…

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Not taking my other camera, meant Ken had to take this male and female Common Blue Damselfly mating…

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Marsh Harriers kept us on our toes. Every time they seemed to be flying towards our hide, they turned round and headed away from us. But I did manage these distant photos…

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Cracking days birding, with 62 species ticked off. Also now seeing the new scrapes and hides, I’m not leaving it so long again.

 

 

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26.8.16.

Friday…Sunny with the occasional cloudy spells. 20ºC.

Had another visit to Belvide Reservoir today. Good to see so many Dragonflies…

Southern Hawkers…

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Migrant Hawker…

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Unidentified Dragonfly….

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Not such a good day on the birding front as last Sunday. Not many close encounters either. It was even quiet in the hides, with not many people at Belvide today…

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Chiffchaff…

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Gadwall…

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Lapwing drying off….

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Juvenile Great-crested Grebe…

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Juvenile Common Tern…

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A panting to keep cool Grey Heron….

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Still better than being at work!!!

 

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23.8.16.

Tuesday..Sunny and 27ºC. Does it get any better?

Upton Warren.

Me and Ken decided to go over Upton Warren this afternoon, and add Curlew Sandpiper to our year lists. Although distant the 3 Juveniles moved across the flashes a number of times…

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I counted at least 5 young Avocet this year…

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It was really interesting watching this Common Sandpiper checking most of the cracks in the dry mud. It did catch something a number of times, but I never managed to see what…

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There was a good number of Curlews. They were calling most of the late afternoon, something I just love to hear. On the last photo..is this Curlew telling it’s mates it’s found a Hippo shaped piece of mud?

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The bottom photo of these 2 is my 1st Stock Dove flight photo..

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There were 3 Green Sandpiper. It’s been nearly 20 years since I saw my 1st one of these smart looking waders…

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Common Snipe…

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Lesser Black-backed Gull…

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Loved this afternoons trip to Upton Warren. Ken that bottle of Cider you brought me off your holiday, is going to go down a treat tonight…Cheers Mate!!!

 

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21.8.16.

Sunday…. Mixed weather conditions today…19ºC.

With the possibility of rain, I decided on a trip to Belvide Reservoir.

It was a really good days birding. Most of the birds I photographed were distant, but still a joy to see these magnificent birds…

The highlight had to be my 1st Midlands Gannet…

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There were also a couple of Osprey fly overs (note primary feathers). Just wished they had come nearer…

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There was also a female Marsh Harrier on the North Shore…

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Also just about managed a quick Green Sandpiper fly over…

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Turnstone just after a head scratch…

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A couple of Pied Wagtails having a dispute. At 1st I thought the bird on left was a youngster begging for food, till I saw them fight…

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Common Sandpiper…

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I put the Moth Trap out last night. I still have to go through these to ID them all…

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15.8.16.

Monday…Glorious sunny morning….25ºC

Endonia…On SWT Truck…

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Tawny Speckled Pug on the SWT wall…

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Agriphila tristella…

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Cyclamen…

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Quite a few birds round the Island Pool today, not all great photos, but just a taster what I saw there. Like this female Blackcap, which had just had a bath…

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Robin…

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Bullfinch…

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Goldcrest…..

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A young Willow Warbler…

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Sabre Wasp also known as Giant Ichneumon (Ryssa persuasoria) for good reasons. It must be 4 inches long…

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My best day for Purple Hairstreaks, I saw 6 over the morning. But I still haven’t seen one low down…

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Hard to believe this is my 1st male Migrant Hawker this year…

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A late, well worn Silver-ground Carpet…

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This Common Darter looked like it had an itch, as it moved it’s abdomen up and down…

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Small Copper…

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Jay feather in a Rowen…

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