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Woodchat Shrike At Nanquidno

A (Rubbish) Record shot of the Juv. Woodchat Shrike at Nanquidno today. Taken at about 6:30 in low light, handheld, Resulting in an extremely blurry image, sorry…
** the image of the shrike is so bad you may not want to open it to full screen.**
EXIF: Canon 1D MKII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 3200

Marsh Tit from Main Hide, Stithians Reservoir.
EXIF:Canon 1D MKII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 400
For better images of todays Shrike see Angie’s Blog

Scotland

Sorry for the lack of posting (again) but I spent the last week of my holidays in Scotland.
We set off from Cornwall on the 26th and arrived back last Sunday (11 days). Instead of doing the easy thing and catching the train up to Aviemore we worked our way up over 3 days in the car, spending a night at my auntie’s and a full day on the Isle of Mull.
After spending a extremely stormy night in Oban we caught the Calmac ferry over to Mull.

We had arranged a birding tour with Peter Hall of Mull Wildlife Tours (which is the best way to see Mull’s wildlife in a day.) From a very good day of birding on an amazing island I had managed 5 Lifers, (Hooded Crow, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Eider and Golden Eagle)
But unfortunately no White Tailed Eagle :-(

Best image of Golden eagle I could manage ^^, as if flew over I panicked and got all the settings wrong so a silhouette is the best I could get.
Next day we packed up the tent and started the long drive up to Aviemore. Arriving in Aviemore in the afternoon we quickly set up the tent and headed off to Loch Morlich and Loch Garten (RSPB Ospreys). No Lifers from Loch Garten and Loch Morlich.

Meadow Pipit, Farr Road, Nr. Findhorn Valley

Osprey on nest, Kincraig ^^

yes, we got there…
We spent 4 days in the Cairngorms where I got 2 lifers, Osprey at Rothiemurchus Fish Farm and Crested Tit at Loch an Eilein car park.

A very noisy image of one of the fishing ospreys at Rothiemurchus Fish Farm.

Red Squirrel, Loch an Eilein Car park.
On the way back to my Aunties in Telford we spent a day at Leighton Moss. I got 3 lifers from Leighton Moss, Common Tern, Spotted Redshank and Greenshank. No positive sightings Marsh Harrier but we did have a possible fly over the road. Back in Telford we paid a visit to Sandwell Valley RSPB, a nice reserve considering its location. 2 lifers Ruddy Duck and Snipe.
I will post the rest of my best images over the next few days here
Also since I have been back from Scotland I have ticked Ruddy Shelduck, Knot, Sanderling, Whinchat, Baird’s Sandpiper and Wryneck but I have dipped on Lapland bunting, Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Little Stint, Citrine Wagtail and Spotted Crake. After all those Lifers I am now on 159.
##I have just noticed the size of images when you open them to full screen, sorry about that I must have resized them wrong##

Porthgwarra Sea-watch

A great morning Sea Watching this morning. I managed only 1 lifer (Great Skua) and failed to get onto a Great and a Balearic Shearwater, shame but there’s always next time (Although it would have been nice to have had Common scoter, BT Diver, Sooty Shearwater etc.)
Thanks to Steve and Sam for letting me borrow your scopes.
Picture thanks to Simon Taylor…

Now off to save up for Steve’s Leica Scope….

Cornwall Birding Pelagic

A few images from the Cornwall Birding Pelagic off St.Ives Today. The light wasn’t great at the start but pushing the ISO up to 1600 I managed to get some ok shots of Gannet, Fulmar, Storm Petrel and the target species Wilson’s Storm Petrel. A great morning’s birding and 2 lifer’s ( Wilson’s Storm and Storm Petrel). It’s a great way to see most typical sea birds and a lot easier that the conventional method of sea watching). A huge thank you to Paul Freestone for organizing an amazing birding trip. For anyone who is interested in any of the other Pelagic’s planned see Cornwall Birding Website for more info on trips.

Gannets and Fulmars were the most numerous birds but 30 Storm Petrels were spotted overall from the trip.

1 of 2 Wilson’s Storm petrel spotted on the trip. The one in the photograph was our first at about 7:55 am 7 miles NNW of St.Ives.

For more of my images from the trip Click Here

Some images I have found on the memory card. Taken over the last few days.


Juv. Robin Taken from Golden Lion Hide, Stithians.

My Auntie’s dog, Fozzy.

All with Canon 1D2 and Canon 400/5.6

Still No Photo’s

Although it is the Holidays I haven’t had much time since my last post to take photos. I visited Stithians today so I will have a look at the photos later and I’m just hoping to get some blog-able
images to post. Im off to Scotland at the end of August so I should have a lot of pics to post then.
Im going to try to get back to posting a few times a week soon, when I get more pics. Thanks to all of you that have stuck with my blog during my lack of updates.
Thanks Everyone and welcome to the new followers!!!
Here is a picture taken by my uncle who is borrowing my 450D.

Lucky




All with Canon EOS 1D MKII and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM.

Stithians

Sorry for lack of postings, I haven’t had the time to post over the last few weeks. Anyway here are some images from Stithians Reservoir.



Merlin lands at school

No, not the bird! The royal navy landed a merlin helicopter at school today as a demonstration. I had to borrow Paul Freestone’s Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 because my Tamron is being fixed and my 400mm was (then) my widest lens. Thanks Paul! So all my photo’s are taken with that. Taken with Canon 1D MKII and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8.

Heron at Walmsley.

One of two (poss. 3) herons at Walmsley on Sunday. Taken with Canon 1D MKII and Canon 400mm f/5.6.
It was my first visit to Walmsley and I can clearly say I will be visiting again. As well as Walmsley Angie and Trevor showed me and mum around their local patch, Par. We also tried for the Black Duck at Colliford but to no avail, although dipping on the Duck, Angie and Trevor managed to get me Reed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher for the list.
2 weeks ago I was in Lake Vyrnwy for my school work experience I got 11 life ticks during the week , these were-
Red Grouse, Tawny Owl, Redstart, Garden Warbler, Wood Warbler, Goshawk, Dipper, Merlin, Mistle Thrush, Tree Pipit, Cross Bill. After looking on Bird Guides on the Friday we decided to call into Ham Wall in Somerset where the Male Little Bittern had been, We spent 2 hours around the reserve on the Sunday but there was no sign, although I did get Bittern on my life list.
So far in June I have added 14 Ticks to my life list putting me on 125.
Also I spent Thursday with a wildlife photographer from the area. I have put his website link in my links collumn, why no check it out….. http://www.johnpower-birdphotography.co.uk/