Saturday, 20 December 2008

Merry Xmas everyone.

Doesn't feel like christmas, hasn't since i was a kid and we had a better than average chance of Snow.

When the weather has permitted I've been out and about with my camera. I've also been busy with the feeding station at New Fancy, I didn't realise how much of a commitment it would be, its a lot different to putting food out in my garden. Still it will hopefully keep a number of birds alive this winter.

Here are a few birds I've seen on my travels.
These few are from the feeder station.

Blue tits.

Coal Tit.
A Hawfinch, a lovely surprise.

Slimbridge produced a few nice shots.
A Common Gull coming in to land.
A Heron hunting in the shallows.

A Water Rail, was a nice opportunity.

I hope you all have a nice festive period, thank you for taking the time to pop by my blog, Look forward to a prosperous new year. God Bless.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Shorties at sunset.

Last year I spent an inordinate amount of time with Andy, Chris and Dave at Aust Warth on the Severn estuary trying to photograph Short Eared Owls. We were not very succesful, or at least I wasn't.

There are two problems with Aust, firstly the distance that the shorties can be, and secondly the sun, it isn't great for half of the viewing.

The beauty of the place is watching the shorties sweep and plunge as they hunt over the long grass.

Realistically these are nothing more than record shots, but my wasn't it fun getting them!!!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Flavour of the month.

Waxwing, everyone is doing them at the moment. Here are my efforts.

There have been sightings of these wonderful birds in Herefordshire and here in Gloucestershire. These are Pics of Herefordshire birds.
This is another first for me, I've never seen or photographed them before.

They are a beautiful bird, I wish they were present here all year round. I've been caught up in the clamour to see and photgraph them, I find myself wishing that the location was better and that the background was "Greener" or "Bluey". Andy Carey and I saw a pair on our recent journey around the patch, unfortunately the weather was pants and there was absolutely no opportunity to photograph them. However if the weather improves and they are still there then who knows? Hope you enjoy these.