Saturday, 8 February 2020

South Shropshire - Goshawk

A second encounter of the year with Goshawk in South Shropshire was memorable due to extended views and even an image or two, albeit 100m + distance!

Beady orange eye standing out despite the distance...

Retracing its flight path...

Final image shows the pale underwing and bulging secondaries nicely..

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Colemere - Scaup

Old habits die hard but with January over, the need to see all the better winter visitors like this drake Scaup still persists. Dave Chapman and I chanced the Sunday morning free range dog mayhem at Colemere for distant views (it never strayed from the middle of the Mere!)

There was not much more to show from the morning.  The Whixall floods Little Egret was still in town but the Cetti's kept its head down in the freshening breeze!

Venus Pool - Sparrowhawk

It's not very often I sit in the feeder hide and after 20mins or so both Dave and I were getting itchy feet. I'd actually got out of my seat and heading for the door, when...

This 2CY Sparrowhawk scattered all the small birds in the area!

Not a look I would care to receive, if I was a small bird!

And whilst agonising how I was going to fit head and tail into the frame? A sideways shuffle helped!

Taking the weight off his foot!

Now is this a flight shot of 100% concentrated Blue Tit or Great Tit?

Or both??