Friday, 12 July 2013
Sunday, 7 July 2013
The Peregrines weren't really playing out today and so I spent more time taking shots of other birds in the area such as this Blackbird, a Chaffinch and a Wren.
Before leaving I did manage to get one shot of the Peregrine though:
I decided to go the long way home from Leigh via the East Lancs Road in the hope that I might pick up a Kestrel or Buzzard over the fields. I wasn't to be disappointed as I soon saw a Kestrel hovering and so I pulled into a layby to get some shots. However, I had only just got out of the car when I chanced upon this Brown Hare scurrying across the grass. It briefly stopped for a snapshot before disappearing under a hedge.
Meanwhile the Kestrel had landed on a lamppost about a hundred metres away and was peering down into the fields looking for lunch. As I approached, it took off and again landed on a lamppost another hundred metres or so down the road. As I made my way once again towards the Kestrel something flying over the fields caught I my eye and so I fired off a few shots - I was very pleased to discover it was a Hobby, my first and only sighting this year.
It was a little distant for a really good shot, but I am quite pleased to have got these shots as I don't see Hobbies very often.
The Kestrel was playing fair however, and after a while it was clear that I wouldn't be able to get close today. Here's the best of what I got:
Friday, 5 July 2013
Whilst I've been watching the Peregrines in Leigh I've met quite a few people, some of whom are just passers-by walking their dogs, some locals with a keen interest and some birders. Of the birders, I got talking to two Steves(!) and they kindly invited me to go to a local farm one day to help put up some nest boxes in a nearby wood and also get some close views of nesting Swallows. As one of the Steve's is a keen photographer too, so I was in with a chance of getting some photos too.