Tuesday, July 31, 2007


some of the 1950 Black-tails at Killingholme over high tide; the first juvenile just made it into July

old obsession

I seem to be reverting to my younger days and my obsession with sunsets; its maybe just because there have been so few of them this summer

Monday, July 30, 2007

Buff-breast again

after seeing three Buff-breasts in autumn 2006 it was amazing to come acreoss one on the local patch this am; will it be another record autumn for this petite and attractive wader?

new patch bird

after a long spell of finding no rare birds I picked up this adult Buff-breasted Sandpiper on my local patch on the morning high tide; as usual as the tide fell all of the waders moved out of sight over the edge of the rocky ridge; they reappeared at about 16:45 and roosted again on site over the evening high tide giving excellent views but the Buff-breast was never quite close enough for really good shots and the sun often went behind big clouds when the bird was at its closest; the distinctive underwing pattern stands out well in the flock shots

scarce damsel addition

an addition to my odonata list was this Scarce Emerald in the Brecks

baby dart

a weekend in Suffolk produced some encounters with Dartford Warblers including this inquisitive juve

Sunday, July 29, 2007


during an evening dtorm the sun popped out under the clouds throwing some nice shows onto the landscape from the Wolds at Pelham's Pillar looking west

Friday, July 27, 2007

rain, broken spring and distant Monty juvs

the MET office forecast a fine evening on Thursday following the rain; it cleared about 2 hours late, the sun came out and the 3 juv Monty's were brilliant but even more distant than before; while in the car park a loud bang signalled that one of my front springs had broken hence a slow and noisy ride home!---poor images but size v C Crow and the striking contrasts of the juvenile plumage

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

evening harriers

yesterday the evening was nice and sunny so I headed down to the harriers but as expected they were all well away from the nest site; fortunately the 3 juveniles came in to roost at 20:00 while the low evening sun was still nice;

more harry juvs

practice hunting moves over the reedbed

nice evening

yes there was on about 2 weeks ago but I have only just got round to looking at a few of my shots; small selection here over the Humber

Saturday, July 21, 2007

circus best shots

these two juvenile Marsh Harrier shots are just about full frame on the camera and are my favourite poses from a long series---they are heavily sized down here and somewhat better than the rather poor Monty and Black Kite images below---click for bigger pics----a nice result from about 7 hours in the hide this week