Apr 042022
The Scottish Highlands for a special bird

I decided to spend a few days in Scotland photographing Crested Tit with my good friend and Pro Photographer Pete Walkden. (https://www.petewalkden.co.uk). Highly recommended.. I had a marvellous time as always, and the weather couldn’t have been better. Heavy snow in the forest, some sunshine and blue skies, making conditions ideal.   I also spent sometime birding the coast around my base at Nairn, and managed to find the overwintering drake King Eider, small numbers of Long-tailed Duck, an adult Iceland Gull, 46 Scaup, Hooded Crow and a scattering of common waders.   At the Crested Tit site I managed […]

Apr 042022
A Wild Goose Chase to Norfolk

A rare Red-breasted Goose had arrived in Norfolk with a flock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese. It was regularly frequenting the area around Cley, Blakeney and Salthouse, so we decided to head over and spend a couple of nights in early February 2022, giving me more than ample opportunity to get some photos of this stunning goose. A visitor from eastern Europe, the Red-breasted Goose breeds in small colonies on the arctic tundra. It mainly winters in Romania and Bulgaria, where flocks of several thousand can gather. I managed to see this spectacle in January 2018 when I made a short […]

Apr 042022
Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside

A day trip to Scarborough is a must to see the over wintering Mediterranean Gulls and often there are divers and grebes sheltering in the fishing harbour. On 4th February we made a day trip to Scarborough and managed some superb views of a juvenile Great Northern Diver and of course the “Med” Gulls. A loaf of bread always comes in handy.

Apr 042022
Local area update - January 2022

A Yellow-legged Gull was a nice find on my patch at Staunton Harold Reservoir on 3rd Jan, along with an early Kingfisher. 4 Brambling and a drake Gadwall on 10th Jan, Treecreeper on 17th Jan, with Brambling increasing to 10. During my January WEBS count highlights were, 114 Great Crested Grebe, 111 Teal, 6 Little Egret, 215 Lapwing, 18 Gadwall, 144 Tufted Duck and a Water Rail of all things, the first since 2009. A juvenile Peregrine and first returning Oystercatcher on 29th January, and 4 red-legged Partridge on 31st Jan. A visit to Calke Park and the feeding station […]

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