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  1. Moorhen vs Crayfish

    Date 05 Aug 2016
    I was out today, ostensibly looking for herons, when I came across something that I’d never seen before… Yes, a common-a-garden moorhen carrying a (dead) crayfish. The moorhen took the crayfish to a slightly submerged log where it tried to make a meal of it before deciding an exposed and…

  2. Heron stalking

    Date 03 Aug 2016
    Herons are a bit of a reoccurring theme for me.  I’ve many photos of nesting herons and flying herons but few decent photos of herons stalking and hunting except at a substantial distance.  The reason is pretty simple.  These may be big birds and they are noisy and bold with each other at heronries…

  3. The Puffins of Skomer Island

    Date 15 Jul 2016
    I’ve just got back from Skomer Island.  Now, Skomer Island has been on my ‘must visit’ list for some time.  At the start of this year I put it firmly on the ‘this year list’ but it had to be in nesting time for the puffins.  Prime time is June and July.  June…

  4. Watching Kingfishers

    Date 11 Jul 2016
    Kingfishers are stunningly beautiful but elusive birds.  About the most you can usually hope for is a sight of small electric blue bird perched at a distance.  Often as not, you might just see no more than the streak of that blue as you accidentally startle one while you walk along the bank of a river.  I’ve had…

  5. Sparrowhawk update.

    Date 08 Jul 2016
    It turned out I’d rather underestimated how close the sparrowhawk chicks were to fledging.  Although sporting quite a lot of down then spent a lot of time preening and there were clouds of down being pulled out and floating about.  Within a day of first seeing them, two of the…

  6. Sparrowhawk - short video clip

    Date 05 Jul 2016
    An experiment that I thought I’d share.  This is a slight departure from my still photography, I tried a little video work with my DSLR (Nikon D500).  Reason being that this nest is quite obscured but a fair bit of action goes on in the nest and I wanted to see…

  7. Sparrowhawk nesting…

    Date 03 Jul 2016
    I’ve had a suspicion that we had a pair of sparrowhawks nesting in a particular area of woodland nearby.  Mainly because I’d had several sightings in this one particular area.  A week ago I spent a couple of hours watching the area but, though I saw an adult bird I…

  8. Yesterday, 100 years ago…

    Date 02 Jul 2016
    … and about 180 miles away from where I live, across the southern downlands of England, the English Channel ( La Manche - vive la difference) and northern France, and just north of a marshy languid river called the Somme occurred the worst day of fighting ever suffered by the British army.  On the 1st July…

  9. When the grass is as high as a Green Woodpecker’s eye

    Date 26 Jun 2016
    We are now firmly into the English summer now, past the summer solstice and the days are getting shorter again.  I thought I’d post this photo of a green woodpecker.  Why?  Well, right now, the green woodpeckers are pretty much invisible.  The meadow grass is now approaching two feet high…

  10. Raising offspring part 2…

    Date 05 Jun 2016
    In the last post, I talked about the predation of a Long Tailed Tit’s nest that I’d been watching and commented that it was tough raising young.  Roll forward six weeks and I was getting into my car to go to work when I spotted the unmistakable sight of another Long…