Saturday, February 13, 2021

Smew and local ducks

 With most of the local pits frozen over the gathering on this pit looked almost like the olden days when Pochard and Tufted numbered in the high 100's. At least 110 Goldeneye today and a drake Pintail was a bonus with the 60+ Shoveler. The Smew is clearly a first-winter drake and to complete the patch sawbill year list a female Red-breasted Merganser was on the Humber. A few more waders included 6 Ringed Plovers taking the year's tally to 97 species the highest February count for a few years. 













Monday, February 08, 2021

web site updates

 in spite of a bit of snow not been getting any photos of late but several new features on the web site 

https://www.grahamcatley.com/  including new Favourite images and trip reports from Varanger 2012 

https://www.grahamcatley.com/tripsabroad/varanger-june-2012

some new owls https://www.grahamcatley.com/owls

and UK trip report from the Farne islands https://www.grahamcatley.com/uk-trips/farne-islands-june-2010


Long-tailed Skua from the Varanger 2012 report



Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Bearded Tit

 the reedmace habitat should have really produced the Penduline


Roe Deer panic

 managed to get the camera on the rather fast moving deer as it bolted out of some trees but also managed to miss its legs! shame because the background was great and the deer in focus and light good - 



wrong spot for the Starlings

 walked the wrong way and found myself 2kms from where the Starlings dropped last night and hence missed the best of the action but to be fair there was not much real action but just a mass of birds - how many? well people suggesting 100,000 in my experience 200,000+ and would not be surprised if there are 250,000 an impressive gathering 





Sunday, January 24, 2021

Goldeneye

 with hides all closed its not easy to get anywhere near wildfowl locally but managed a moderate shot of this drake Goldeneye yesterday 



Unexpected Crane encounter

 certainly not what I was expecting when I set off on a survey on Friday morning in North Lincs but nice start to the year's selfy list




Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Roe Deer

 close encounter with some grazing Roe - if you move slowly and keep quiet they are usually pretty approachable




Marsh Harrier in 2021 all about the light

 resolution for the year - less is more - nice light on this passing Marsh Harrier yesterday afternoon against the dark woodland


Saturday, January 02, 2021

Shoveler - different takes

 make the most out of any opportunity 





patch Pintail

 Pintail seldom linger on the local pits so this drake has been much appreciated - surely one of the finest of ducks