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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spotted Crake

After good views of the Juvenile Spotted Crake at the weekend on the patch I still wanted more action so  I returned Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday expecting the same, sadly it didn't show from 6pm to 7.30pm each evening. However Thursday evenings views were superb-shame the light was crap. but as the cattle have been grazing the front reed bed for the past few days it's now allowing good views to all visitors who visit the valley.





All above images ISO 1600 1/160 5.6

And add in Wednesday evenings  Osprey  seen by my wife and I over the reservoir (probably the same Juv seen Wedsnesday by Tom Bell) the patch is delivering the goods.........

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spotted Crake

After adding Whinchat and Greenshank recently to the patch year list today's Spotted Crake found by Andrew Gouldstone a visiting birder was much more like what us valley birders are after. The Juvenile crake which is my second one for the Ingrebourne Valley showed on/off all day in front of the viewing area in the first set of reeds below the wooden fence. Luckily I had my camera with me as Andrew didn't have his to record this local rare.




Monday, 4 September 2017

Audouin's Gull

Audouin's gulls were seen daily in Ibiza but trying to photograph them in the bright sunshine is a no no as the light is just so harsh. So the below images were taken on a late evening with the sun starting to set behind me. Armed with some slice's of brown bread I got to work for just ten minutes before them being flushed by a few late sunbathers leaving the beach.




Sunday, 20 August 2017

Drinking and birding in Ibiza

I've just returned from a weeks holiday in Ibiza in the resort of Santa Eulalia,which was very relaxing as most days were spent down on the beach and the evenings drinking the biggest Vodka and lemonade you could ever ask for. With its cool bars around the marina which was only a short walk from our hotel and Sardinian Warblers, Turtle Dove, Serin, Audouin's Gull and Spot flys all seen around our hotel and only a two hour flight it was prefect for a return short break.

Below this Turtle Dove showed really well beside the pool on the metal fence-stunning birds up close and good numbers seen over the 7 days.





Serin was recorded daily around the pool/beach and even the bars!


Audouin's Gull are very smart birds and the most photographed bird of the holiday, so will do a separate blog just for them later and probably the hardest to photograph too.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

92

The garden list for Red Kite is two in twenty three years living in Hornchurch but on Saturday morning after Dave Mc phoned to say that one was heading my way. I made a quick dash inside to grab the camera to get a record shot of the 3rd for garden. Not long after two Buzzard went over and then another two Red Kite flew over together.

A Sunday morning jog around the Ingrebourne Valley over near Berwick ponds yielded a patch year tick in form of a Bearded Tit calling in the cut, which was a bonus and then on Wednesday evening the patch served up a young Tawny Owl calling in the woods for a whopping 92 for the patch year list.



One of three Red Kite over the garden on Saturday.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Grasshopper Warbler

The sound of a mechanical sir'r'r'r'r'r'r... reeling Grasshopper Warbler deep down in cover seems to have been the norm lately but on Saturday morning I finally had good views of one. Although it was a bit distant for the 400mm lens I'm just happy to see one this year after blanking for the last few weeks.



Sunday, 14 May 2017

Brown hare

Normally the view you get of a Brown hare is one of it's rear running away fast in the distance across a field but on Saturday morning this Hare broke all the rules. Defiantly the best views I've ever had.




ISO 400 1/640 plus 1 stop and used the  mono pod and slowly crawled along the path.