Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Adventures in a Birdmobile

I've finally given in and said I'll do a short talk for the Leigh Ornithological Society in November 2018.

I always think presentations are better if they have a theme, otherwise it's just like watching someone's holiday snaps and it can be quite boring looking at one bird photo after another, no matter how stunning they are.

So I've decided to focus on five key UK locations I've visited recently and I'm calling it 'Adventures in a Birdmobile' - if it goes OK, I may do more.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Not A Shot Was Fired!

For once I had a rare non-photo birding day yesterday, although I did take my camera with me. I went to Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB on the Wirral in search of the elusive Spotted Crake which had been present on and off for most of the week.

I'd usually only travel for an hour or so like this after a confirmed sighting report, but yesterday I just had to get out of the house, having not done any birding since going to Yorkshire a couple of weeks back.

Well, unsurprisingly, the Spotted Crake didn't show despite an array of birders all eagerly looking through their scopes trying to spot it. That said, there was a really good range of other species on show from the reception centre including Little Ringed Plovers, Avocets, Ruff, Water Rail, Black-tailed Godwits, juvenile Shelduck and Starlings, Teal, Lapwings and the ubquitous Canada Geese, Moorhens, Coots and Black-headed Gulls with young.

Although I didn't go looking, I believe a juvenile Redstart, two Hobbies and a Cattle Egret were on site at the Inner Marsh Farm end, with Greenshank and Green Sandpiper having been seen recently too.

Some good banter with the watching birders made for a very pleasant few hours before the rains came down. Not a shot was fired - I should have more days out like this.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

GeekTeacher Birding on Facebook

I've recently set up a page on Facebook called GeekTeacher Birding.  It's just another outlet for my bird trip photos and chat.  You can click the link below to visit it. Please 'like' the page and leave a comment if you see fit.

 GeekTeacher Birding on Facebook

All Things In Nature (ATIN) Recognition Awards

The All Things in Nature (ATIN) Facebook group have recently chosen a couple of my shots for their recognition awards gallery. Thanks very much, it's nice to be appreciated.


I have since left this Facebook group as I was prompted by the admin to acknowledge receipt of the award and I didn't like that.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Yorkshire Trip Day 5 - Blacktoft Sands RSPB

I paid a quick visit to Blacktoft Sands RSPB on the way home from Flambrough.  Luckily for me, seven Spoonbills, a male Mandarin Duck in eclipse and a few Spotted Redshank dropped in whilst I was there.  Unluckily for me a Buff-breasted Sandpiper dropped in the day after, and that would have been a lifer for me - grrr!

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Yorkshire Trip Day 4 - Thornwick Pools, Filey Dams and Filey Brigg

Today was definitely the best day for seeing a range of species, starting off with a Wood Sandpiper at Thornwick Pools before going on to Filey Dams and then finishing off on the Filey Brigg headland.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Yorkshire Trip Day 3 - Diving Gannets off Bempton Cliffs

Photos from Yorkshire Coast Nature's Diving Gannet trip with Steve Race.