Monday, 14 June 2010

Moving on again.

I promised you more Pied Flycatcher and Redstart pictures, I hope these will suffice. These birds were caught in Powys. I quite like these shots.

This is the female. and although she appears as a dull bird she is far from it, in fact she is very elegant and sweet.

The male is more striking, here he is with a mouth full of insects for his chicks.

This male at the entrance to his nest hole was a particular success for me as I found this hole myself and wasn't directed to it by anyone else. The Pied Flycatchers are not overly worried by human presence near the nest site as long as one the photographer is quiet, keeps low and doesn't sit too close to the hole. I can assure you that for the short time that I sat and photographed them both adults made numerous visits to the nest.

I think I said in my previous post about Redstart that the male is the prettier of the adults, I wish I could show you a picture of the female for comparison but as yet I've failed and chances are that as we are now quite a way into their breeding season I may not get one.

Back at home the feeders are being constantly visited by juvenile birds, this Starling is one of many.

I am more pleased to have the Goldfinch coming back to the garden. They stopped for a while, presumably while they found a nest site and had eggs.
I truly love this shot. The buds you can see are on the dead branch that I'm using as my feeder post. Its much more photogenic than the green metal post.

Now the title of this post suggests that I am on the move again and this is true, I am moving away from Ross on Wye up north to Barnsley to live with my sister. I am looking forward to the new challenges that this will present. I am hoping to feature more coastal birds in the next twelve months or so. I am also going to be living within a stones throw of Old Moor RSPB reserve so I am very excited about that.
I hope you will continue to follow my adventures and keep coming back to see what I've been up to. I guess I should rename the site again and perhaps call it "Wildlife beyond the Forest of Dean" your opinions would be welcome. The move is due to happen at the end of this month.