Wednesday 26 December 2012

Bewicks and Christmas eve distruction

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Could not resist heading for the bewicks opposite Axmouth FC once the sun came out (though I had to be quick)

On Christmas eve Black Hole Marsh had suffered badly yet again from flooding the night before.  This time though it had not just churned up the paths, and flooded the study centre but had also swept through some of the bank near the platform

2 roe deer opposite the tower hide

And one of our regular little grebes

Friday 21 December 2012

Water rail and snipe

Have finally been able to get out without the rain!  As I thought Black Hole Marsh would probably be flooded at high tide (which apparently it wasn't), I opted for Seaton marshes having not been there for some time.  Am I glad I did for I spent a very pleasant hour watching this water rail close to the hide.

There were also 4 snipe venturing out into the sun

A nice flock of long tailed tits

and this lovely posing blue tit as well as the usual.

Earlier this week there was a nice gadwall on the river

 a rather plump looking redshank from the tower hide

and a common sandpiper also from the tower hide.

Tuesday 4 December 2012

A med plus the best around

Not many photos lately due to rather a lot of poor weather and light!
However this med gull was nice to see a couple of times over the last few days

Here it is with a couple of mates.  Sun was in the wrong direction but great to see after the last few weeks

At one stage had to resort to crow photos!

And then of course there is always one of our regulars around (usually in poor light).

Next a very distant, poor photo of some snipe out in the sun early saturday morning up towards Colyford Common.  There were 30 in total.

A buzzard having a hard time

One of many lapwing having a bath

together with a crow 

2 squabbling redshanks

A few black tailed godwits heading for Colyford Common from the river.


And finally a very windy day!

Saturday 3 November 2012

Better light, goosander and SX50

Better light at lunchtime enabled me to take better photos of the goosander than yesterday.


I have just invested in a new bridge camera as my nikon can be very heavy at times.
For anyone interested these are all taken with Canons new SX50.  All were hand held.  Pretty impresssive so far!

These shell ducks were 2/3s of the way across Black hole marsh yeterday taken in poor light

This godwit and the blue tit were in front of Seaton marsh hide

The gulls were taken a long way up the river

This was taken opposite the tower hide

And this on was up toward the bend in the river from the tower hide