The Dark Room

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Dungeness for the afternoon

Last Sunday I spent the afternoon down at Dungeness in Kent with Mick S and Richard S & co for some Gull action by the fishing boats.The regular 1st winter Caspian was pointed by Mick almost as soon as we arrived on site . See below

1st Winter Caspian Gull

Good numbers of Kittiwake were seen off shore with one or two coming close like the one below.


Add in the 3 Great white Egrets on the Arc pits and some good banter with the boys it was a good afternoon.

Saturday, 4 November 2017


 A grey and cloudy sky with light drizzle this morning at the valley as I done the circuit was quickly brighten up by 2 Brambling  going over, one near the top fields and one over the viewing area. Sadly still no Hawfinch or Firecrest so the year list stays at 104 but 2 Brambling in one day is good for here.

As for images the camera has been tucked away in it's bag so the below images are from last week in Norfolk at Holkham.

Pink-footed Geese

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Fire at Holkham

We spent two days up in Norfolk mid-week for some relaxing birding and coastal walks and lots of eating out etc. Enjoyed Cley and Wells but it's Holkham that does it for me - love the place.

Great White Egret, Marsh Harriers and loads of pink feet in just a few minutes of getting out of the car.Add in 8 Bearded Tit, 7 Grey Partridge ,Tree creepers, Siskins and Bullfinch it was a great start to the morning. The highlight though was just pass the Jordan hide along the path where we found four Firecrests! Super birds and showed pretty well.

ISO 1000 1/250

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Red-throated Pipit

The Red-throated Pipit at Landguard NR Suffolk was showing well Saturday morning through the scope just before a dog walker flushed it. I only had about five minutes of it near the boardwalk before it flew off calling towards the common-smart bird.  Other birds noted around the reserve were Male and Female Common Redstart near the cottage, a few Wheatears on the beach, Med Gull and Sandwich Terns off shore and a few more common migrants were added to make a very pleasant morning out.

Female Common Redstart

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Still Spotted

The Juvenile Spotted Crake is still showing well at the Ingrebourne Valley from the viewing area and has been for the last 11 days. Here are some more images from Suday morning.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Juvenile Red necked Grebe

With Andy T kindly putting the news out early doors that the Juvenile Red necked Grebe was still present at Roding Valley meadows NR in the south east corner of the lake, Paulboy and I quickly made our way across town to Buckhurst hill. We found the bird with no problem as its only a small lake in the morning mist.

Once again a high ISO and a slow shutter was my choice and I got to work as did Paul and by looking at my twitter feed most the Londonbirders did too-and why not its a stunning bird to see in a rare plumage (not seen a Juv before)

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.........