Mar 162019
A few days in the Scottish Highlands

I spent the 24th – 26th February in the Scottish Highlands with professional photographer, Pete Walkden. The plan was to photograph Crested Tit, but due to exceptionally mild weather, our plans had to change. Crested Tits will only come to feeding stations in cold weather. Once the weather becomes warm, they take to the tree canopy, as they much prefer to feed on insects, than they do on nuts and fat balls.  So I decided that I would try for Ptarmigan and Red Squirrel, so Pete put the plan in place.  The following few images hopefully show that my time […]

Nov 272011
3 Yanks & 1 Sibe in a day & in November! - 27th Nov 2011

Chew Valley Lake & Blagdon Lake, both sites now in Somerset, must rank as two of the best inland waters in Britain for attracting rare birds. Chew Valley had managed to hold on to a cracking wader for well over a week. A juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, along with a supporting cast of 2 Long-billed Dowitcher & a Spotted Sandpiper was irresistible. Arriving at Chew early morning, it wasn’t long before we found the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper amongst a large flock of Dunlin. These Siberian waders are real treats and a juvenile even better. There have only been a handful of records […]

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