It's been a while

September 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have not uploaded or written anything on here for a long time, I have had to kick myself back into action.

Here are a few pics I have taken of birds this year

                   DucklingDuckling

I saw this little Duckling only a couple of weeks ago, which is strange that is so late in the year to see, when I 1st found them there were 3 now sadly only 2 are left.

Here are some Gosling I found at Lodmoor in the Spring

GoslingGosling

 

  It has been a good year for first ever sightings too, as well as captures in camera.

Girl Bunting Great Spotted CuckooGreat Spotted Cuckoo Hudsonian WhimbrelHudsonian Whimbrel   Red Footed FalconRed Footed Falcon

Starting from the top a Cirl Bunting, I travelled down to Devon with Frank to see these, just past Torquay. Next was the Great Spotted Cuckoo, this arrived on Portland and stayed around for over 6 weeks right through May.

I was working down in Falmouth a bit at the beginning of the year I had some spare time and went to look for an American arrival called a Hudsonian Whimbrel great to see, finally we had a brief visit of a Red Footed Falcon, this is a Female, I only got to see it once before it moved on, all of these are firsts for me in the Uk.

I have been extremely fortunate to see some more new Warblers, firstly a Pallas's and then a Northern Bonelli's both new ones to me.

Pallas's WarblerPallas's Warbler Western Bonelli's WarblerWestern Bonelli's Warbler

Wood WarblerWood Warbler

This was brilliant a Wood Warbler, I was up in the Forest Of Dean with my friend Ben and he found it, gorgeous little bird, on the same day we also got another couple of crackers a Pied Flycatcher and a Hawfinch

Pied FlycatcherPied Flycatcher HawfinchHawfinch

We were sat in the tiniest hide to get this it was incredibly close, you can just see a Brambling behind I got some pics of them too.

BramblingBrambling

   One of my favourite birds to see come back in Spring is the Northern Wheatear, the Males really are striking

Northern WheatearNorthern Wheatear

   It has been a good year for seeing Owls, I was very kindly invited to Rick and Melanie Symes house to see the Barn Owl behind their garden, fantastic, so grateful for my best ever views of one.

Barn OwlBarn Owl

   I found another Little Owl on Portland down in the Water Works Quarry by the Eight Kings Pub

Little OwlLittle Owl

   And Delighted to get some amazing shots of the Short Eared Owls, we had them around for ages, saved a trip up to Sixpenny Handley

Short Eared OwlShort Eared Owl Short Eared OwlShort Eared Owl

   I nearly forgot to say about the Hoopoe we had a few of these around on Portland, great see and finally get some okay shots of

HoopoeHoopoe

    Finally for now a shot of a Black Winged Stilt that turned up at Lodmoor

Black Winged StiltBlack Winged Stilt

   Thank you for continuing to look at my site, I will now start to up date it more.

   As a Footnote I have just started another website, showing my Landscape pictures, it is still a work in progress, but please take a look and let me know how you think I might improve it.

    It is :- WWW.Markeggletonphotography.com

 

 


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