Friday, 15 February 2008
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Aust Warth on the Severn Estuary is a well known spotting site. I've seen them there twice. I have also spent at least twice as many times freezing my bits off waiting and waiting for them not to show. They have been reported as being seen at all times of the day, early morning to last light.
A trip today to Bleanavon in the Welsh Hills to see them was planned. Dave Slater and I set off full of hope. On our arrival there were other birders, always a promising sign, there was sunlight, relative calmness, and an air of expectancy equal to that when England play a semi final in the world cup that today was going to be the day. But you guessed it, nothing!! Four buzzards, a few Raven but not a sighting of the elusive birdie phantom. Here's a picture of a Pied Wagtail taken on my last trip to Aust.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
I left the football with 20 minutes to go and went back out into the Forest. managed to get these shots at the Arboretum.
I was really pleased with this Nuthatch. A cropped shot of it shows the sun glinting in it's eye. The mark of a good photo i'm told.
I love the darkness of this shot which i have not changed.
I also saw but couldn't photo a Buzzard being mobbed by two crows, Amazing to watch how despite it's best efforts it couldn't shake them off. I can only imagine that they had watched him take food and were trying to get him to cough it up, as i believe they do.
Here's one you don't see very often, car 214 Lotus Elise driven by Bernie Mclean from Birmingham.
I hope that all three managed to fulfil their ambitions and finish well. I haven't heard who the winners were but hopefully the day was a success without injury to anyone.