Monday, 30 July 2007
An early start, to beat the crowds and a chance to savour the Shrike a little closer. Spent all morning and just a little of the afternoon to get these. Catherton Common is well worth keeping an eye on - this was virtually the same spot that the 2006 Hoopoe turned up at!
Posted by Jimlad at 05:40
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Busy in the garden when the mobile got somewhat animated (Thanks again Cheryl). A mega for Shropshire - female Woodchat Shrike near Clee Hill!!. Needless to say, dropped everything, picked up Jason and 45' later was looking at this little stunner. Bit distant as the rain began to fall...
Posted by Jimlad at 04:22
Saturday, 21 July 2007
A tea-time glance at 'Shropshire Birds' noted a 'Comic Tern' had been seen at lunch time. Outside it was throwing it down - would it still be there? Having got Sandwich and Common on the local list - it would be nice to add another? And I did, the Tern was firmly grounded by the wind and torrentail rain, although that short tail led to doubts at first, the short red bill and feet pointed to an Arctic - my third Tern species on the deck at VP this year.
Posted by Jimlad at 03:33
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Joined the SOS group to Warton Crag for a butterfly hunt but we diverted to Eric Morcambe pools during the rainy morning (and a bacon butty at Leighton Moss). Redshanks aplenty here with a couple of Knot and a single 'Spotted' seen in the flight pic.
Once the sun came out, lots of common butterfly species on show including this Small Tortoiseshell but the High brown Fritillary was our target and obvious highlight.
A family group of young Little Owls a nice surprise also!
Posted by Jimlad at 06:26
Friday, 13 July 2007
I have Cheryl Davis to thank for finding a Spotted Flycatcher at Acton Burnell castle - a bird which had eluded my year list up until then. Managed to avoid being arrested (Concorde School playing fields were on a direct line behind the fence post!!) Honestly officer, I was just photographing this bird.......
Posted by Jimlad at 06:44
Monday, 9 July 2007
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Quite an exhilarating experience having a Hobby dashing around in front of the main hide. Keeping a long lens: on the bird, in focus and exposed correctly against sky or water is no easy feat however and there weren't many 'keepers'. I didn't realise until looking at the pictures later..... I'd caught the moment a dragonfly met an untimely end!!
Posted by Jimlad at 03:41