Friday 24 May 2013

Out and about

A blue sky would have been good for these sedge photos on Black Hole Marsh this week

A reed warbler showed itself briefly also on Black Hole Marsh

and last night as well as a few dunlin and ring plovers there was another sanderling and a very nice curlew sandpiper both of which remained a fair distance away.

Have been off patch a bit lately and these pied flycatchers were taken at Yarner

This beautiful whinchat was taken on Dartmoor a few days ago

 A nice male greater spotted woodpecker taken at Stover

And finally this great crested grebe also at Stover with a very large dinner 

Wednesday 8 May 2013

A visitor on the beach

Thanks to Steve this morning for finding this sanderling on the beach.  Having got there the length of the beach seemed a bit daunting when looking for such a small wader but luckily for me Karen had already relocated it and was sitting right in front of it.

Yesterday I caught this male kestrel over Stafford marsh

and this lone swift over the Borrow pit

Saturday 4 May 2013

Another great afternoon and yesterdays highlight

The whimbrel on Black hole marsh this week have been superb and have given some wonderful photo opportunities.  With a total of 36 yesterday and a few more today they looked absolutely stunning in the sunlight

This afternoon there were also 3 ring plovers and 8 dunlin

also 13 black tailed godwits

Yesterday what I presumed at the time to be a crane flew over black hole marsh and headed down circling toward Colyford Common.  It turned out to be a Somerset ringed crane which was rather nice.  Shame it was so high up as it passed over.

Finally back to this afternoon and the 5 canada geese goslings were causing havoc with the waders.  One in particular took a liking to these 2 godwits

Wednesday 1 May 2013

A worthwhile outing

A quick trip out this afternoon to Black hole marsh resulted in a fairly lengthy stay.  Firstly the canada geese were proudly showing off and parading their 5 young goslings.  Secondly there were so many whimbrel coming and going  that I lost count although there were well over 20 at one time.  Then while I was wondering what had put all the gulls up on the river and whether or not it was worth a look, a pair of beautiful garganey flew in and began feeding fairly close by.

Here are a few shots of the whimbrel which were continually coming and going.

And finally the canada geese goslings