Dec 302012

This may well prove to be my last post for 2012 – What better way to end the year than to observe, at close quarters, a bird that is usually viewed miles out at sea with other seaduck. Velvet Scoter are not often seen inland but this winter a small number have found their way onto a few land-locked waters, including this immature female that has been at Swithland Reservoir in Leicestershire for a number of weeks. Very confiding if one is prepared to wait and put some time in.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the birders and moth-ers that visit my site, a happy new year and many thanks for taking time out to view Simplybirdsandmoths.. My British Bird year list looks like finishing on 247.

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Dec 162012
Just Can't Get Enough of em!

Sorry folks more Waxwings – Nothing special locally and most of the Trent Valley is currently flooded out, so local birding was a wee bit quiet. Another opportunity therefore to photograph Waxwings. Just can't get enough of these gorgeous birds. There was a reasonable flock at Rugeley, in Staffordshire and they were very obliging, albeit briefly for around 15 – 20 minutes this morning. Unfortunately the majority of birds on view were immatures.  

Dec 092012
A Bombycilla Day

More Waxwings pour into Derbyshire. With the recent cold weather, more Waxwings have moved south into central and southern England and there have been several large flocks in Derbyshire. Upto 200 in the Long Eaton area and over 100 in the Ilkestone area. So this morning I was on the chase. The weather was really appalling first thing with grey skies, rain and overcast conditions. However it did brighten up for short periods and in a several hours I was able to get some half decent shots. Still not happy with my final results and so hoping that the winter […]

Nov 302012
November 2012 at Staunton Harold Reservoir

Staunton Harold Reservoir is my local patch, being about 1-2 miles from home. I try to visit on a daily basis, usually stopping off at the main car park for 20-30 minutes first thing each week day morning before heading off for work and visiting at least early morning on a Saturday. During the migration periods of spring and autumn, visits are a little more regular. Staunton Harold Reservoir, South Derbyshire – The Dam Wall & Draw-out Tower. The Pier is usually covered in Black-headed Gulls and the odd Common Gull first thing in the morning. The 17th October saw […]

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