Saturday, 2 June 2018

Venus Pool - Egyptian Geese

Two Egyptian Geese have been popping in and out of Venus Pool lately. No idea where they go and this is the first time I've actually seen them!





Ooops, I meant Venus Reservoir! This was where a bit of mud was starting to appear? Soon be back to winter levels at this rate...




'Thinks' Let's find somewhere else?



And off they go...






Nice angle of view!?


Mind that Coot!


Then up, up and away...

Venus Pool - Great Crested Grebes display

Apart from the Egyptian Geese, there was nothing else of note present today but there was a bit of noteworthy activity...


What started off as an easy going mirror dance...


Went to the bearing weed stage...


And then exploded into action!


A shame I was at the wrong angle for the high performance stuff...


But even as things appeared to slow down, there was still a lot of energy going on down below as both Grebes were virtually motionless out of the water!




It's quiet for sure but always something going on, somewhere...

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Colemere - Black Tern

Colemere has become the number one  'go to' site when Black Terns are moving. Having been busy and missed the four on Thursday evening, thanks to Rob Dowley, I got another chance this afternoon!

There's only one 'spikeless' buoy so at least it had somewhere to perch...


A few images of it dancing over the water...


Heading my way!






Full throttle...




A mosquito bite hastened my departure and with my wrist swelling badly, it's Piriton for the next few days?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Polemere - Flava of the week?

There's been an interesting female Yellow Wagtail hanging about at Polemere for most of May. James Grundy noted it on the 4th and I first saw it on the 6th.  Here's a sequence taken from a 'walk past' on the mud today... The most striking feature is that white supercilium and grey head...   


 



The throat is also white...


Here's the grey head and upperparts suffused greenish yellow...





A trawl of the web reveals a few very similar birds (some captioned M. flava and others of less likely subspecies) Rather than agonise for too long on the identity crisis, have a look and let me know what you think?!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Priorslee Lake - Common Terns

Any sort of passage is good news this Spring and with six Black Terns at Belvide today, at least something terned up in Shropshire - two  Common Terns found by Clive Biddulph. And while he popped off to Belvide, I took a few pics...

The first one had a brighter red bill and less black, taking an occasional flight against the far bank reed bed...


And returning a bit closer!




Sometimes flying much closer too...




Here;s the second one...




You can almost feel the relaxation as those tired wings are stretched out!




You don't get many Tern opportunities in Shropshire... I love those head on moments, just prior to frame filling, they happen even less!!


One, just one Black Tern would doooooo!!

Polemere - Hobby paddling!

One of those 'did that just happen' moments happened today! I was passing Polemere and thought it was worth a quick look with a Garganey in mind? Not a chance, but plenty of swallows and after 5 mins or so, the alarm went up, even the Geese got alarmed! And then the reason became obvious on the far bank! A Hobby...


After flying towards the near bank it was partly hidden behind the hedge. But then it simply strode into view...




Marching down to the waters edge!


Well, it was rather hot...


An proceeded to cool down its feet in the water!!


But not for long, just look at those flies scatter...


Another one for the 'Great Hobby' moments album and I've been lucky enough to have a few :-)

Polemere - Swallow

I seem to be finding a few more common species in the viewfinder and before the Hobby got my attention as bird of the day. The swallows gathering mud and perching nearby were serious contenders?

Bit of a frame filler!






Worthy of a closer crop!


And just that small turn of the head brings out the iridescence - stunning.