Saturday, 18 February 2017

Yarrow Valley...Valentine's

I hadn't visited Yarrow Valley Country Park for some time.I had heard that the kingfisher had been showing well recently at it's usual spot so I went for a look.As I arrived David and Jackie Moreton were just leaving having spent a couple of fruitless hours waiting for the kingfisher to show.I went to the channel between the top and bottom lakes and joined half a dozen or so other photographers waiting patiently.

Eventually around three o'clock the kingfisher suddenly appeared and all the cameras were in action.The kingfisher stayed for around an hour,perching,preening and catching fish.Although the light is never just right at this spot I would have thought that everyone went away happy with their efforts.As well as the kingfisher a handsome male goosander appeared nearby and provided some nice opportunities for the camera.The usual nuthatches,robins etc were also coming frequently to seed left for them.All in all then Valentine's Day at Yarrow Valley had been excellent with good company and a brighter day for a change.Some of my better efforts from the day are shown below.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon.Enjoy the weekend.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Around The Lanes

The weather recently has been for the most part very dull and depressing.Consequently I haven't been out much with the camera.One or two afternoons were slightly brighter and better and I took the car for a ride around the lanes in the Pilling and Cockerham areas.Spring was in the air and ir was nice to see the snowdrops in bloom.Brown hares were becoming active and there were still decent numbers of wildfowl and waders in the area.

A selection of images are shown below of the wildlife.All of the images were taken from the comfort of the car which is always very useful as a mobile hide.The kestrel on the lookout for prey takes pride of place.Lapwings and curlews on the flooded fields were numerous throughout the area.It was nice to get a couple of close ups of Whooper and Bewick's swans showing the difference in size and bill pattern.Wild geese were also found in various locations,mainly pinkfeet but I did manage a couple of shots off white fronted and barnacle geese at Pilling.The geese are also shown in flight as they moved around the area.The final image shows a nice sunset over Pilling church.Keep tuned for more from my travels and hopefully the weather will brighten up and warm up in the days to come.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Black...White...and Red

The weather this last week has again been dull and depressing most of the time.However on the Wednesday blue skies appeared but it was icy cold.I decided on a much needed afternoon out and about with the camera.I had seen images of a black redstart on the internet at St Walburgas Church in Preston and this was to be my first port of call.The redstart was still there but had just departed as I arrived.Susan and Peter and David and Jackie were already there,all well known local photographers.They had seen the bird and I was reassured it would be back.Sure enough it did return after 30mins and flitted around the church buildings very quickly.I did manage a few hastily grabbed shots and awaited it's return.I stayed for an hour or so and was eventually rewarded with nice views of this lively little bird as it did it's rounds of the church buildings.Other birders turned up and we all enjoyed the black redstart in the afternoon sun.

I then thought I would visit Lytham Moss where a barn owl had been showing well.On my arrival around 3.30pm it was indeed quartering the rough ground adjoining the Radar Station.It never came close enough for good shots but I did manage some shots as the sun began to set.I then thought I would have a look at Granny's Bay at Lytham to photograph the setting sun.My timing was spot on as the sun went down and the sky turned red over the Irish Sea.All in all a rewarding afternoon.Hope you enjoy my shots of the Black Redstart..White Owl..and Red Sunset.Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon as hopefully the weather improves as Spring approaches.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Filling A Gap

Since the New Year arrived we have been stuck with some very depressing weather.It has been very dull with some light rain and it never seemed to come light.I have also been feeling a bit under the weather and consequently I have not been out and about  with the camera.So to keep the blog going and to fill the gap in postings I have decided to post a few of my favourite shots from 2016.

As always possibly my favourite bird,the great crested grebe features with fishing,portrait and display images.Owl shots show a short eared owl at Lytham Moss and a barn owl from the Pilling area.Waders feature a nice flight shot of four bar tailed godwits and a splendid sanderling from Rossall in full summer plumage.Whooper swans from Martin Mere are shown in portrait and preening mode.Little egrets from Leighton Moss are shown in fishing mode.Finally I was lucky to obtain some very nice images of the two fledged juvenile ospreys V6 andV7 at Esthwaite Water.The osprey images were taken from a rowing boat hired for the afternoon.

Hope you enjoy this gap filler and I hope to return to normal service very soon.Thanks for looking in