Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Few Black Hole Marsh Birds

There have been great views of goldcrests the last few weeks on Black Hole Marsh and they have probably become the most photographed goldcrests ever.





plus a small group of 3 long tailed tits passing through regularly




A blackbird that appears to have no voice


and a somewhat over looked bird the dunnock. 


The avocet remains on Black Hole Marsh along with the long staying grey plover


Friday, 3 March 2017

Short Eared Owls And Eider

It was a beautiful day yesterday for a trip to Portland and well worth the effort.   There were at least 3 short eared owls and after passing close by one appeared to come back for a closer look at me.   What a magnificent creature and wonderful to see so close.



 


The little owl was in its usual place


Back in the harbour one of the eiders put in a close appearance




and there were dozens of red breasted mergansers.


Didn't find any divers or the black necked grebes but after hours of owl watching it didn't really matter.  Finally the view of Weymouth and Chesil from Portland.



Saturday, 25 February 2017

Humpback Whale And Desert Wheatear

Great day yesterday whale watching at Slapton and a visit to Thurlestone for the desert wheatear.  I have never actually seen any kind of whale before so to see a humpback close into the shore was really exciting.  We watched the whale for several hours as it swam back and forth across the bay following shoals of fish.   It really was a wonderful sight.  Shame some idiots had to keep speeding after it in a boat every time it surfaced.  I believe today police have said anyone seen going anywhere near it in a boat will be prosecuted and the area is now being patrolled by fisheries vesssels.   Such a shame its necessary.  Anyway there were many people watching and enjoying it from the car park and along the shore when we arrived.  Everybody was so excited to be seeing it and there was a great friendly atmosphere.









Before Slapton we had made a quick visit to Thurlestone to see the long staying desert wheatear which  I hadn't yet seen and is beginning to look rather smart.  As we got towards the beach it flew straight across in front of us so there was no problem locating it.  It was quite mobile but came quite close and was constantly singing.  Sad to think it won't find a mate there.






 Back to Slapton and there were plenty of gannets diving in the bay for fish



and a black necked grebe was swimming and diving reasonably close in to the shore.  Not a great picture of either though I'm afraid.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Waxwings, Cattle Egrets And More.

Due to knee problems and having been unable to get out for a bit I was delighted when I was offered a lift to see the A38 waxwings.  Unfortunately it was very overcast for photos but it was great to get to see them.   





Having tried many times to see the Colyton cattle egrets without success a friend took me up to the private Colcombe Road where we had permission to park in the driveway of one of the bungalows from where they were regularly showing well.   By this time there were 4 though they were never close enough to get all 4 in the same frame.




I had more luck with this yellow browed warbler at Topshm rec than I've had with any of our local patch ones.


I'm beginning to get out a bit more again now so here are a few more photos of some of our more common species







This shag was on Exmouth sea front last week


There were at least 2 goldcrests on BHM this afternoon


A little egret on the river that never did manage to get this meal down.


And lastly a bunny