Sunday, February 22, 2009

Return of the Great Grey Shrike

The Great Grey Shrike had returned to Wykeham Forest, or may be it hadn't left the forest but had just moved in to a different area before returning to its usual patch. Not very obliging, always kept a good distance from the camera, but I managed to get a few decent record shots.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Barn Owl - Part II

Another try for the Barn Owl on Wykeham Carr. This time got a few closer shots but the weather was a bit grim. Fantastic bird, very obliging seemed to particularly like just two fields adjacent to each other, but would disappear for a while before returning to the same two fields again.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Barn Owl - Part I

Due to the severe weather recently I have seen a lot of Barn Owls hunting early during the day. I thought I would try and see if I could hunt one down and was lucky enough to capture some images of the above bird hunting the ditches on Wykeham Carr. I will try and get out again over the weekend to see if I can find more Barn Owls, not really happy with the composition of the above images.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Return of the Gannet

The Gannets have returned on the cliffs in large numbers at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. The colony at Staple view point is in full swing with nest building in progress as well as a little bit of hanky panky. I volunteer at Bempton on a Saturday and to finally get to see the Gannets back on the cliffs is a magnificent site. If by chance you have not visited Bempton Cliffs then please make sure that you do and as you can see from the images above, even at this time of year there is plenty of activity.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Glaucous Gull

My first 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was found a few days ago feeding on the masses of mussels that have washed up on Bridlington's North Beach. This bird was a belter and as you can see its a real pale individual with a pale iris and pale tip to the bill.

This bird was constantly flying up and down the beach, mainly due to dog walkers spooking the bird, but also following the large numbers of Herring, Common and Black Headed Gulls which were joining in the feeding frenzy.