So a new Birding Year begins and I’m already wondering what may turn-up during the next 12 months. I can’t imagine that it will be as good as 2016, but we can live in hope. I part chopped a couple of camera bodies that I wasn’t using any more and decide to treat myself to the new Canon 7DMKII. A light weight little camera that appears to be pretty good and will no doubt have it’s uses, especially when travelling abroad. Thanks to Glyn and Richard for the recommendation. A trip to Wales and the Wirral on Sunday 1st January, kick started my new years birding. During the day the highlights were Chough, Black Guillemot, Great Northern Diver and Peregrine on Anglesey. Hen Harrier, Merlin, Great White Egret, Whooper & Bewick Swan, Green Sandpiper and Stonechat on the Wirral Marshes. I ended up with around 54 species during the day.
Today, the 2nd January, I spent a few hours at my local patch, Staunton Harold Reservoir, in South Derbyshire. A reasonable total of 52 species included the 2 juvenile Velvet Scoter, 2 Raven, Kingfisher, Bullfinch, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing and Yellowhammer.
I also fired off a few shots to try out the new camera. The Year List is currently at 79.
Chough – South Stack, Anglesey – January 1st 2017 – Tony Davison©
Blue Tit – Above 3 images – Staunton Harold Reservoie – Tony Davison©
Dunnock – above 2 images – Staunton harold Reservoir – Tony Davison©
Redwing – Above 2 images – Staunton Harold Reservoir – Tony Davison©