Dec 282014

Sunday 28th December 2014. A stunning early winter’s morning at one of the local patches close to home. Bright and sunny with superb blue skies, gave some great photographic opportunities. This posting and the attached photographs are dedicated to my dear Auntie Bees, who peacefully passed away late this morning after a short but severe illness. She loved all wildlife, and the natural world. We shall miss her dearly. R.I.P xx

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Grey Lag Goose – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

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Canada Goose – “Crash Landing” – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

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Canada Goose – “Crash Landing” – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

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Black-headed Gull – Above three images – adult winter – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

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Coot – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©


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Mallard – Drake – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©


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Moorhen – above two images – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©


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Pied Wagtail – Above three images – Melbourne Pool, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©



Dec 282014
A Day with Owls

Despite the snow and pretty awful conditions, we set out for the fens of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, in the pursuit of some Short-eared Owls. It was a long and careful drive through many untreated roads but we arrived at our Short-eared Owl site near Eldernell around eleven o’clock. We quickly encountered several birds hunting but all birds were too far away for the camera. We eventually counted around 8 – 10 birds along with three Marsh Harrier. Between here and our journey to the Ouse Washes, there were large numbers of wild swans feeding in the fields. Numerous Bewick’s Swan […]

Dec 222014
Trial and Error

Well I’ve splashed out and purchased some new Camera Gear. The following images are the first results, taken with my new Canon Camera and Lens, over weekend of 20th & 21st December 2014. The weather over the weekend was not really conducive to photography, being very grey & cloudy with little in the way of sunshine. So not really put this gear through its paces yet.   Goldeneye – drake- Above 5 images – Swithland Reservoir, Leicestershire – Tony Davison©   Tufted Duck – drake – Rutland Water, Leicestershire – Tony Davison© Cormorant – Juvenile – Rutland Water, Leicestershire – […]

Dec 142014
The LEO's of Poland

From the 6th to the 9th of December, Glyn, Richard, Mike and myself spent a few days birding in Southern Poland. Our aim was to photograph some of the Long-eared Owls that roost at several sites around the city of Krakow. Glyn made contact with our local guide, Felix Felger, who made all the arrangements with a hotel, transport and birding hotspots. We visited several roosts on and off during our stay and had some remarkable views of LEO’s, despite two days of really poor weather conditions. We visited some stunning ancient forest and we tried on several occasions for Ural […]

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