Sunday, 12 November 2017

Venus Pool - Great White Egret (again!)

A quiet month so far, mostly tied up with talks and busy 'writing' ... Big thank you to Dave Chapman for getting me away from the PC with news of another (or a returning) Great White Egret!!

Yet again, it was rarely static!


Being pushed by either one of the Little Egrets...


Or of course the Heron!


So, plenty of flight shots - landing...


And take off!




Head on...


Or side on...


A return of the Cattle Egret would have been better but I'm not complaining!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Venus Pool - Cattle Egret!!!

What a homecoming! Firstly the Rock Thrush had waited for me and now my phone was alerting me to a small yellow billed Egret present at VP!! Thanks Brian Lyon and well done, it was indeed a Cattle Egret and apart from being a bit of a County unblocker for some, a reserve 'first' for everyone!!

It wasn't doing much, just sat on one of the islands in front of the North hide...


Eventually it decided to go walkabout...


Attempting to conceal itself behind the odd post?


Before marching on...







And quite surprising to see it getting on well with the locals!


The only birds which seemed to take exception were the Geese!


 It was apt to take flight every now and then but always returned to one of the islands!




You beauty...



Struggling to cough a pellet?


And there's more to come!

Venus Pool - Cattle Egret reflections

Best of friends for a change, maybe the Little Egret realised he hadn't got a very good competitor for the fishing rights? And on reflection...

 

The closest of encounters and no fisticuffs!




The final pic,  just before admitting that this fishing lark is overrated and best left to others...



All he could catch was feathers!





Peace and tranquillity reigns!


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Blorenge - Rock Thrush part one

I was planning to go for this after coming off Scilly but Storm Brian had a bit of a say in my decision to forget it on the Saturday and get over on the Sunday! With an opportunity to  hit the UK 400 mark and then go and see Gemma down in Swansea as well, it had the makings of a perfect day...

The Rock Thrush was unlikely to depart given the weather conditions Saturday night and with just a 5% chance of rain, a decent day was in prospect? Wishful thinking!! The welcome party...


And (for my dodgy achilles) a bit of a yomp! About 2 k I reckon?


It was strictly thermals on, hoods up with a stiff icy breeze blowing and no shelter!


Where else would you expect it to be? Rock Thrush complete with rock after what I reckoned was the rocky road to UK400...


Rubble will do as well :-)



Despite the cold, it was quite alert and with everyone keeping their distance, it was soon hopping towards the gallery!


I had to take the classic Rock Thrush shot, we've become accustomed to!


But then tried to find something different... feeding?


Perched upright...


And then having a preen :-)






First card full and I'll spare you all those 'oh so similar' shots for now!



Cracking little bird, perfectly behaved gallery and a milestone to remember but wait, there's another card to sort! Coming soon in part two...

Blorenge - Rock Thrush part two

OK that's a cliff and you're a Rock Thrush...the habitat is rocks, right?


Yes and vainly trying, oh so nearly disappearing amongst the rubble!


The sun tried to come out to brighten up the view from the rear...




And then hooping around from rock to rock...


Looking for food!


A couple more poses...




And a close up, it's all becoming so 'similar'! But with a bird like this, who cares?



Arggghhhh where's me Tunnocks??? Had to do with a Chocolate coated 'rice crispie' slice! Which will now become the obligatory landmark celebration! UK 400 completed (subject to any of the recent pending birds!)


Before the return yomp with Richard Stonier and resurrection of my old back problem


Happy days indeed but I think I may be taking things easy for a while?