May 142018
 

We spent the May Day holiday at the fantastic “Falconry Experience Wales”, located near Machynlleth, Powys, with Barry and Luce. They were both extremely knowledgeable about their birds of prey which made the day very interesting. We met several stunning birds including Bald Eagle, Eastern Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Lanner X Falcon, White-faced Scops Owl and African Spotted Eagle Owl.

African Spotted Eagle OwlTony Davison©

Bald Eagle – above 3 images – Tony Davison©

European Eagle OwlTony Davison©

Ferruginous Hawk – Tony Davison©

Golden Eagle – Eastern race – Tony Davison©

Harris HawkTony Davison©

Lanner x Peregrine FalconTony Davison©

Peregrine Falcon  – Tony Davison©

South African Barn OwlTony Davison©

White-faced Scops OwlTony Davison©

 

 

 

 Posted by at 4:10 pm
May 082018
 

A first winter Green Heron, a North American species and a rare vagrant to Britain, had been found in a garden in the small Pembrokeshire village of Narberth. The bird had taken up residence in a large pond in the garden of a local resident, who kindly opened up his premises to visiting birders. The Green Heron had been present for well over a week and fortunately was still faithful to the pond on Friday 4th May when we set off to spend the weekend with my cousin in the Welsh seaside town of Tywyn. I decide to do a rather large De-Tour in order to see the bird. A three and half hour drive to Narberth, three hours on the bird, then two and half hours to Tywyn. Well worth the effort though and much better views than the one I saw in Lincolnshire many years ago.

Green Heron – first winter – Above 7 images – Narbeth, Pembrokeshire – Tony Davison©

Blackcap -male – Narbeth, Pembrokeshire – Tony Davison©

 Posted by at 9:01 pm
Apr 222018
 

I always look forward to a spring ramble round the excellent Anglian Bird Watching Centre Reserve at Eggleton, Rutland Water. Today was very sunny and warm and there were plenty of migrant warblers singing, a Nightingale in full song was a nice bonus and plenty of newly arrived Common Terns. What was surprising, was how quickly the vast numbers of wildfowl had left the reserve. Most lagoons were almost devoid of ducks, with just small numbers of Tufted Duck, Mallard and Gadwall. A few Pochard, one drake Widgeon, one drake Goldeneye small numbers of Shelduck, plenty of Grey Lag Geese and Great Crested Grebe were also seen. The wader line-up was an Avocet, 3 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Ringed Plover, with a few Redshank and Oystercatcher. The assortment of good waders from Saturday had all moved on. There was also a fabulous showing of Snake’s Head Fritillaries, a real favourite of mine and good to see that this plant is beginning to increase in numbers on the reserve. Several Osprey showed well on post at various locations around the reserve. The final tally was around 70 species.

Snake’s Head FritillaryFritillaria meleagris – Tony Davison©

Black-headed Gull – Looking stunning in their full breeding plumage – Tony Davison©

Coot – Above 3 images – The new fresh green leaves on the trees produced some beautiful reflections on the water. – Tony Davison©

Grey Lag Goose – Plenty of these around the reserve – Tony Davison©

Common Rat – They say you are never very far from one of these delightful creatures! – Tony Davison©

 

 Posted by at 7:57 pm
Apr 162018
 

On Sunday 15th of April there was an obvious influx of Little Gull in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties. A flock of 14 was found at Willington Gravel Pits during the early morning and I spent several hours at my local patch in the hope of finding an odd one there, but with no luck. I managed to get up to Willington in the early evening just in time to see one bird, along with a Common Tern. There was a clear sunny spell during late afternoon and I guess the majority of birds took advantage of the break in the weather and moved on. The single Little Gull was always distant and into the sun, making photography rather difficult.

Little Gull – A moulting adult at Willington Gravel Pits, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©

 Posted by at 9:09 pm
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