Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Venus Pool - Stonechat

Probably the one I saw on NYD, this long-staying male Stonechat finally gave itself up for me today -  totally out of character with how obliging it was! Mobile at first, I would have been happy with these more 'distant' views!

But then it seemed to prefer one particular branch, time to try various backgrounds?

Yep, I couldn't make my mind up so needed to compare all three here!

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Melverley Floods - Whooper swans

This was my fourth visit to the area which had been pretty unproductive on the Whooper Swan front! Today however, I was looking at a decent number, nineteen in total and they were not too distant!

There were two family group, here with two juvs (plus one)...

Adults were randomly scattered around...

Another family group, this time with three juvs!

The interaction between swans wasn't always good natured as the pair of Mute Swans who considered this area as home, kept trying to evict the interlopers (even various other Mutes too!)

It was mostly posturing and spitting none of the swans  really gave way

Wingflaps too!

Finally order was restored with no victor declared!

Filling the frame this time!

The big family serenely paddling to quieter waters!

My annual Whooper fix at last!

Melverley Floods - Red Kite

I was meant to be concentrating on the swans but spotted some movement out of the corner of eye... A Red Kite...

Into some blue sky...

Probably the first worthwhile images of the the year? Blue sky has been a limited commodity for a month or so!!