Saturday, August 09, 2008

Local birding: Brockholes Wetland LWT - 9th August 2008.

Put the time in during Spring and you should connect with an Osprey at Brockholes, but you can never be confident of connecting with one in autumn. So this bird, my 11th locally this year and dramatic as always, was both welcome and somewhat unexpected. The bird appeared as a heavy, prolonged spell of rain was setting in and to see one actually catch a fish onsite was an ambition realised.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Local birding: Brockholes Wetland LWT - 3rd Aug 2008.

Finally caught up with the Little Egret, which has present on+off for the past few days. It spent an hour on the Main Pool early-mid pm having appeared to have flown in from the SW. When not onsite, and thats most of the time, I suspect its feeding somewhere downriver between Brockholes Bridge and Walton-le-Dale.

Another shot of the Egret below and a 1st summer Hobby, both by Bill Gregory.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Local birding: Hobby and Med Gulls - Brockholes Wetland LWT - 2nd Aug 2008.

Record shots of 1st summer Med Gull above and juvenile (right) below. Both unfortunately unringed.