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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hen Harrier at Greylake!

Popped into RSPB Greylake in Somerset again, but this time ventured to the main hide instead of staying in the car park!
   Only just got to the hide though, the water was so high that it had started to come over the main path to the hide and when I left half an hour later it had got a little deeper! Hope it doesn't get cut off completely as there's lots to see over the reserve!
   Highlight of my brief visit was a female Hen Harrier which passed over! Only the second time I'd ever seen one at Greylake! Again, my timing was impeccable!
   Unfortunately I'd dropped my exposure control to photograph a pair of Mute Swans flying past, and forgot to dial it back again, so my pictures weren't quite as good as they could have been! A cardinal sin amongst photographers! Grrr!
   Also present was a Male Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine that tried and failed to take a Shoveler!
Also the usual Winter ducks, including more Gadwall than I had seen recently!
   There were quite a few Snipe close to the hide, and they were quite active too!

Was nice to see a couple of lovely ladies in the hide, Penny and Anne, who had wisely decided to wear gloves! My fingers almost froze!

Below are some of the photos from my brief visit;




^Above^ - Hen Harrier!






^Above^ - Peregrine Falcon.


^Above^ - Male Marsh Harrier with some kind of prey!


^Above^ - Lapwing.







^Above^ - Shovelers.



^Above^ - Gadwall.




^Above^ - Teal.




^Above^ - Wigeon.







^Above^ - Snipe.



^Above^ - Mute Swans.


^Above^ - Carrion Crow.


^Above^ - Black Tailed Godwits.


^Above^ - Starling.


^Above^ - Pied Wagtail.



^Above^ - Winter Ducks on the reserve - Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Gadwall.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sparrowhawk at Greylake!

I popped into RSPB Greylake in Somerset for an hour today and stayed in the car park taking photos of the birds flitting around near the feeders.
   My timing was great, as within 5 minutes of arriving, a beautiful female Sparrowhawk swooped low in and landed on the bird table, scattering all the little birds!
   It was fantastic to see!
 Frustratingly, she stayed with her back to me, although I got some head shots as she looked over her shoulder briefly.
  She dropped down onto the ground by a large log, just out of sight, and seemed to be hiding, waiting to pounce when the birds returned, but she was disturbed by someone slamming a car door and flew off towards the bird hides.

Below are some shots of the beautiful Sparrowhawk, plus some other photos of the little birds that would've been on her menu!

There are also some photos from brief visits to Chew Valley Lake and RSPB Swell Wood last week!

Sparrowhawk






^Above^ - Stunning female Sparrowhawk!









^Above^ - Starlings.





^Above^ - Robins.


^Above^ - Great Tit.



^Above^ - Female House Sparrow.


^Above^ - Male Chaffinch.











^Above^ - Male and female Reed Buntings.

Blue Tit










^Above^ - Blue Tits.

Dunnock




^Above^ - Dunnock.

Nuthatch




^Above^ - Nuthatches at RSPB Swell Wood a few days ago.

Marsh Tit


^Above^ - Marsh Tits at Swell Wood.

Coal Tit





^Above^ - Coal Tits at Swell Wood.


^Above^ - Great Tit at Swell Wood.




^Above^ - Blue Tits at Swell Wood.






Black Headed Gull







^Above^ - Black Headed Gulls at Chew Valley Lake.

Mallards






^Above^ - Mallards at Chew Valley Lake.


^Above^ - Mute Swan at Chew Valley Lake.



^Above^ - Pied Wagtail at Chew Valley Lake.

Jackdaw

^Above^ - Jackdaw at Chew Valley Lake.

Backlit Reeds

^Above^ - Backlit reeds at Chew Valley Lake.

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