Sunday, September 23, 2007
Great Crested Grebe
I dropped in to Rutland Water on the way down to Peterborough to visit some friends, what a fantastic place. The ospreys had left and gone back home, but a sighting of a young bird in the morning was promising but it did not re-appear. The nest looked astonishing just left abandoned sitting proud on top of its pole.
Huge amounts of waterfowl on the water with Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler and Pintail all present. There also had been reports of Red Crested Pochard, Little Egret and a Hobby seen during the day.
Two Common Hawkers at the pond in the top scrub at Filey Country Park. Even though they are called Common Hawker they are not that common. After some time chasing them around the pond for a decent photo, they eventually got use to us and started to become quite friendly as you can see from the photo above.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Sand Martin Colony
Black Headed Gull
Jacksons Bay - A trip down the cliff side and on to the beach gave me great views of Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Redshank and Ringed Plover. The Sand Martin colony was very busy with lots of young birds still flying around the holes as well as a Weasel was popping its head out of a vacant hole waiting for the off chance of a young Sand Martin dropping in for a rest. Walking back along the cliff top I was lucky enough to catch a Whimbrel on a fly pass.