Thursday, 31 January 2008

A couple of locals

I have not ventured very far for the last few days, however there was a bit of sunshine to light up a Grey Partridge and this Barn Owl.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

White Crowned Sparrow

I'd been and seen it when the crowds were just enormous, but today I went to photograph the White Crowned Sparrow at Cley, it was a long wait for several obscured views of the bird and a few reasonable record shots of it. Its been here for some time now but it is still pulling the crowds, this makes it problematic when the bird shows as its not easy to move into a good position... I'll have to go back on a weekday!

Todays drive home however was very productive, I've had my eye on this modern agricultural scene for a while, all I needed was the right light, colours and sky... OK I'd have liked a shower to wet down the polythene too so that I got stronger reflections, but I can save that for another visit as I am still very happy with the shots I got!

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

More headlight highlights

A fruitless search for a Long-eared Owl perhaps, but still a great nights Owl hunting, seven (it might have been eight) Tawny Owls being the highlight as there were a couple of real posers who allowed us real close. Two Barn Owls, Fox Muntjac and several Hares made up the supporting cast for a fine evenings wildlife watching.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Headlights highlights

On the way back from visiting my mother I found this Barn owl hunting beside the road, I always have a camera at the ready in the car, I just needed to fit a flash and let it charge up. This bird was amazingly accomodating allowing me to get out of the car and walk around it whilst shooting pictures, I will have to look for it again on another night!

Saturday, 12 January 2008

There's no Buntings like Snow Buntings!

There's no Buntings like Snow Buntings! There I just had a compulsion to use that title....
I'm still waiting for the crowds to subside so I can get that Sparrow at Cley, meanwhile its worth milking some of the other posers for all the photo possibilities available.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

A Chat over the hedge

A bird that almost rivals its close relative the Robin for its friendliness, winter Stonechats usually are quite confiding and can become very approachable once they are used to your presence. They seem to overwinter in pairs, and these Cambridgeshire birds have found a nice stretch of Bramble covered ditch next to a farm track, to provide food and shelter until the spring.
I used the car as a mobile hide to get these shots; perfect shooting conditions, good light, an elevated track affording views over the hedge, and a very distant background that allowed me to use small apertures and still have diffuse colours behind the birds, it was only the waiting for the birds to perch in the place on the taller twigs that needed some time; but with a flask of hot coffee and the Sunday Express crossword to do, it was a very nice way to spend the day. A small set of images, including one of the female, from the 17 gig I shot........

Crowded beach.

Not something you expect to see in the middle of winter, but at Salthouse there were loads of people all laid out on the beach like sun-bathers except for the thick clothes, gloves, scarves and hats. Hardly surprising because the Snow Buntings and Lapland Buntings have become the stars of the show, unlike many birds, these are only difficult to photograph because they come too close! A regular supply of seed has attracted a huge number of birds here, as well as the two species of Buntings there are Turnstones, Teal, Linnets, the occasional Twite and Dunlin, I must admit to be a little surprised at the Waders scoffing seed as well!