Category Archives: British birds

My photograph of the month for May and June

A little catch up on my photographs for the last two months.

May
May’s photograph was an easy choice, on a daily exercise I had the good fortune to see three foxes hunting in an open field. I was able to stand and watch them for a long 15 minutes before I was noticed. Incredible opportunity to see such beautiful animals on the hunt!

05 May

June
With June being the month of the Wildlife Trust’s #30DaysWild, I had so many wild moments and photographs to choose from. It was a hard to pick just one photo. I settled on a family photo of the Peregrine Falcons of Worcester Cathedral!

06 June

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#30DaysWild – Day 30 – Morecambe: Wild Weather, Wild Art and Wildlife!

Today I took a trip out to Morecambe, I had never been before and I was very excited to be by the sea!

The weather was wild! The wind was so strong I am amazed to still be on my feet! The sand blew up off the beach and was drifting on the sea front, it was like walking through sand paper! Once clear of the sand, I had the chance to look around the tidal area, the mudflats looked desolate, moody, awe-inspiring! A perfect place for sea birds.

The occasional bird struggled to fly against the wind, or whipped passed in the opposite direction! A few had given up and had just sat down in the seaweed and mud! I saw Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, Black-Headed Gulls, Crows, Magpies, Pigeons, Starlings, House Sparrows, Pied Wagtails, 2 Terns and 2 Oystercatchers.

One thing that really impressed me was how the town had embraced the bird life that visited the bay. The was sculptures and art in honour of many different species; some were individual pieces, other decorated bollards or fence lines.

 

I’m home now and feeling rather wind swept, happy and exhausted from my thrilling day by the sea!

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#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Peregrines on Worcester Cathedral

You may have noticed from my Twitter account or here on my blog, I have a special place in my heart for Peregrine Falcons. None more so than the ones in Worcester.

It was a rather special treat yesterday to be able to spend several hours watching the falcon family that reside on the Cathedral. I admired them as they rested on the tower, perched ever looking the powerful predator. There was a successful hunt too, a Wood Pigeon was the meal of choice. As the feathers were plucked and floated away, the demanding juvenile screeched in expectation!

Worcester Cathedral is an impressive building and landmark, it is made even more special to me by the Peregrines that have made it their home!

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#30DaysWild – Day 21 – Buzzard on the Breeze

Today I watched a Buzzard skilfully surf the air currents of a stormy sky.

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#30DaysWild – Day 18 – Walking in the Rain!

When I looked out of the window this morning I was disappointed to see the clouds and rain. Even though it wasn’t the hot sunny day I had hoped for, I resolved that I would still go out for a walk.

I stayed local, walking along the canal near to me. It was a very peaceful, I watched the ripples on the surface of the water while listening to raindrops on the leaves above me. The ducks also seemed to be enjoying the weather!

I was pleasantly surprised to a fair amount of insects. Most perched on the reeds that lined the water way.

It was a worth while walk, even if I returned home more than a little damp!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 10 – Watched and listened to the birds!

I took a slow meander along the canal local to me. I took my time and watched the swallows glide just above the surface of the water avoiding the cute fluffy ducklings following their mum down stream. I listened to the blackbirds, wrens and chiffchaffs. Further along I saw 2 herons flying in the distance,while a flock a long-tailed tits passed on long the hedgerow beside me.

I caught some of this as a video and as photographs, so I could share my blissful wild walk with you here.

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Photographing & watching birds

When I looked at Twitter this morning, I saw a tweet from Worcester Wildlife Trust that had set a photography challenge. I decided that I would take up the task. I waited for a break in the weather and when the rain stopped I headed out, armed with my camera, to find a garden bird, a bird-of-prey and a swift or swallow.

WorWT challenge

I was successful in finding all three to photograph! I found the sparrows quite quickly, this male perched very obligingly. The most challenging was the swifts and swallows, though I saw many swallows I could not get a photo. I now have a lot of photos of empty skies, blank hedgerows and open grass. As I followed the swallows, I began to hear the screams of swifts. Looking up I hit the jackpot, not only did I manage to capture a photograph of a swift but a pair of buzzards too!

While I walked I had the chance to watch other birds go about their daily lives. I had the delight of watch a magpie hop along the back of a cow, which then allowed the bird to sit on its nose. It looked like the magpie picked off a few tasty bugs before heading on its way. I watched a mother mallard swim by with her ducklings, a little later a moorhen tend to its feisty chicks! I saw a majestic crow perched on a telegraph wire and a pied wagtail flit about hunting for bugs.

Birds hold a special place in my heart, they have such grace, beauty and character. Photographing birds is an extension of the joy I get from watching them. I would encourage anyone to take a moment to observe the wonderful lives of our feathered friends.

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#30DaysWild – Day 5 – A new visitor to my bird feeders!

I have 3 window bird feeders, set up on 2 different windows, both places where I can sit and watch the birds. I have a few regular visitors: a pair of blackbirds, a pair of chaffinches, a robin, a few sparrows, at least 2 pairs of goldfinches and one very feisty blue tit!

Today I had a special treat, a fledgling joined the adult goldfinches. A new visitor to my windows! I am delighted!

The goldfinch adults landed on one of the bird feeders and fledgling tried to join them. The adults clearly wanted it all to themselves and were very vocal about it. The pretty juvenile hoovered for a moment, confused and then noticed the other bird feeders. So while the adult pair shared a perch, the young goldfinch got an entire tray of sunflower hearts all to its self!

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My photograph of the month for January

In early January I got to photograph this pretty little Dunnock, foraging in and out of the golden sunlight under a Yew tree.

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My photograph of the month for October

This month I had the chance to really put my new camera’s zoom capabilities to the test, I photographed the peregrines perched on Leicester Cathedral. Taking both my camera and tripod out to the city, with the aim to capture a view of this impressive example of urban wildlife. I took plenty of photos, playing with the camera position as much as the zoom.

I was really rather pleased with the results!

The elegant statuesque creature, perched atop a Cross that adorned the cathedral spire. Feathers catching the wind as sharp eyes gazed across the landscape. An occasional glance down in my direction with a perching look!

Even at rest, this fierce bird-of-prey means business!

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