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#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Watching the Worcester Peregrines

Whenever I take a trip back to Worcester, I always try to find time to visit the Cathedral and St. Andrews Spire. I’m not always lucky, but in the past I have had many wonderful views of the peregrines that have made these buildings their home.

I have seen many different birds in many different locations, but nothing quite matches a sight of a Peregrine for me and I am always as excited with a spot as I was the first time I saw one. Such incredible animals.

Today was no exception, when I arrived at the Cathedral I spotted an adult on the tower. It was clearly preening time as I watched it have a good skritch!

I walked around to the other side of the tower, but I couldn’t see another bird. I turned to walk to St. Andrew’s Spire when the piercing call of a Peregrine filled the air. I whipped around to see the willowy flight of the powerful predator disappear behind nearby buildings. The bird was still calling so I remained, and the Peregrine returned, alighting upon the top of the tower before swooping down out of sight again. It might have been brief, but it was long enough for me to see it was a youngster.

I began the short walk to the spire, and as soon as the tower came into view I could see another Peregrine. I had no doubt it was an adult. Sure enough, when I reached the spire I could see I was right in my assertion. I was also able to see that there was a chick on the lower castellations. The closer I got, the clearer I could see both birds. I stayed for quite a while watching, photographing and admiring these impressive birds-of-prey. It was time very well spent!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – Herons and Hares

Driving along a single track country lane that clearly had seen very little or no traffic, I saw a sight that lead me to ask the driver to stop. It was a field full of Herons! 5 of them, stood right in the middle, it looked to be 2 parents and 3 young. There were 3 Hares just a few meters away from the towering birds!

As I lifted my camera, the Heron family took flight. They gracefully flew over the hedgerow and into the next field, still a great view even if the birds were another 100 yards away from me.

My photos aren’t great, but they are still a record of a spectacular sight!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 21 – Spotted my first flycatcher!

Today I saw my first flycatcher! I knew it the moment I saw it! What agile and pretty little thing! I am over the moon!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 15 – Watching the birds visit the bird feeder

Over the past few weeks I have had to refilled my new bird feeder a couple of times. I have also managed to catch glimpses of hungry visitors snatching a quick seed or two. So today I thought I would spend a little time with a cuppa and my camera, watching to see who would visit my bird feeder.

On the bird feeder I saw Blue Tits, Robins and Chaffinches. But, I also saw in the hedgerow opposite Coal tits, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, Collared Doves and a Squirrel!

After today, I think I’ll be relaxing by my window more often!

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#30DaysWild – Day 2 – Birds

Today, for me, was all about birds and their song! I spent most of my day out in a nature reserve watching and listening to birds. My kind of heaven!

I caught a couple of seconds of video of a chiffchaff and a sedge warbler singing their hearts out, and an indecisive willow warbler who kept switching between preening and singing!

 

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My photograph of the month for January

My first photograph of the month for 2019 is of this lovely House Sparrow.

I had the chance to experiment with the lighting as I took this photo, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I hope I get the chance to try this out again!IMG_9611PScc

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#30DaysWild – Day 7 – Mesmerised by a Sedge Warbler!

First thing this morning, I took a nice stroll into a lovely little nature reserve near where I live. As it was a cool morning so there wasn’t much insect life out and about, but the birds were very lively and full of song!

I stood and watched this lovely Sedge Warbler singing it’s heart out for quite some time. Not only was it mesmerising but it was the best part of my day!

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My photographs for February and March

Happy Easter everyone! Here are my photographs for February and March … better late than never!

February

It was all a bit last minute but I had a trip down to Worcester last month, a lovely day full of urban wildlife!

It had been a long time since I last visited, and it was lovely to see all the wildlife in my old favourite wild patches in the city. I was pretty taken with the sight of a tree along the river bank that was a roost for 10 cormorants! This is my favourite photo I took of the resting birds.

I hope to have the time to write a blog about my urban wild outing to Worcester very soon.

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March

Spring has made a few attempts to show its face this year, and on one of those glorious sunny days I took myself and my camera out to enjoy the sunshine. I wasn’t the only one enjoying the warmth, this handsome blackbird was also making the most of the short lived good weather!

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My photograph for January

This took me a week to sort but here is my first photo of the month for 2018!

I took this photo on a steep hill in Dudley. A lovely opportunity to be at the same eye height as a family of Magpies, one of which was clearly having a bad feather day!

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My photograph of the month for December

December has been a month of cold harsh weather. Between snow, ice, rain and fog it is those little moments of colour that really shine. Like the little Blue Tit I photographed foraging in the monochromatic landscape.

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You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.

All that remains is for me to wish you all the very best for 2018. Happy New Year!

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