Having built myself a feeding table for the garden I’m quite pleased with the results so far. First up the obligatory Robin.
A rather handsome cock Greenfinch from my garden vigil this week. I've built a new bird table to get some different shots other than bird-on-a-stick so watch this space.
Chaffinch ♀️ (Explored 1 April 2020)
Here's a female Chaffy to go with the male I posted previously. Lots of Finches in my garden at present.
Lots of Finches around the garden this week including this handsome cock Chaffy. More shots to come soon.
I spent some time in my garden hide in between homeschooling this week and was rewarded with this handsome Great Tit. More shots to come over the following days and weeks.
Common Redstart ♂️
I was looking forward to catching up with the Redstarts again this year but not looking good at the moment so here's a shot from last season on my local patch on Dartmoor.
I'm finally back in the saddle after a long break from using my camera so I thought I'd get some practice in with the garden birds before the Moorland birds return
I'm lucky to have these lovely little birds frequenting my garden (this one back in November). There were at least 4 flitting around yesterday but couldn't get my camera in time.
A LTT from last year, although there were several flitting around in my garden today but I wasn't able to get any new shots.
A shot from the archives, one day I'll get out with my camera again!!!
Hummingbird Hawk Moth
It's always nice to see these fascinating insects and I'm lucky to get them in my garden every summer. This one enjoyed nectaring on a white Buddleia.
Common Frog (Explored 3 March 2020)
A year ago in my garden pond, no sign of them yet this year. hopefully we'll get some warm weather soon to encourage spawning.
It's always nice to see the Bullfinches in the garden, this one from November was giving me an inquisitive look as I sat in my hide.
A Small Copper nectaring on an Osteospermum flower in my garden - memories of warmer and sunnier times last year. Let's hope the current wet and cold spell doesn't last too much longer.
A bird I see regularly in my garden but had failed to get a decent shot of until last year.
The only half decent shot of one the newly fledged Dippers on my local Brook last year. Hopefully if they nest again this year I'll get some better shots.
Common Redstart ♂️
One of my favourite summer visitors, this guy graced me with his presence last year along with another male and a single female. I wasn't able to find a nest site, I'm hoping for more luck this season.
Back to last Spring again and another shot of the Dipper bringing food in for it's young. Hoping they nest on the Brook again this season despite a house being built near their nest site!!
Goldfinch (Explored 8 Feb 2020)
A shot from last year I forgot to post at the time. It's always challenging to catch smaller birds in flight, lots of missed shots but pleasing when you nail one.
Another shot from my archives, a garden visitor that's always welcome after their problems with Trichomonosis.
If you've been watching Winterwatch this week then this little bird will be familiar to you. This shot was taken exactly one year ago in my garden, the first time I've seen one in the open and it was only a fleeting moment.
Another shot from the 2019 archives, a male Wheatear on my local patch on Dartmoor, Devon
Looking back at last year's project with the Dippers on my local Brook. I hope they nest in the same place again this year despite a house being built next to the bridge.
Common Eider (female)
The female Eider that accompanied the Drake I posted last week. She had just dived and was juggling a shellfish of some sort.
Another shot from last week's trip to Looe. Lots of Oystercatchers flitting around on the rocks and fishing for food in the rock pools. This one I captured coming in to land.
Cormorant or Shag? (Explored 9 Jan 2020)
Another shot from Hannafore Beach, Looe, this time a Cormorant or Shag (please let me know the correct ID) on the rocks having a good old scratch
Common Eider (Drake)
My first outing with my camera in 2020 took me to Hannafore Beach, Looe in search of Slavonian Grebe and Eider. No sign of the Grebe but did find two Drakes and a female Eider just offshore. A large crop on this shot but a first for me.
One of my resident Robins from earlier in the year.
Looking forward to some time out with the camera in 2020. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
I had the pleasure of watching and photographing a pair of nesting Dippers in my village this year. This is the male coming in with food, he landed literally a couple of metres in front of me and posed for this shot.
Chaffinch ♂️ (Explored 20 Dec 2019)
Watch out for this on the RSPB Instagram feed.
Happy Christmas to all my followers.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
One of 3 juvenile GSWs from my garden this summer, great to see them doing well
One of my favourite garden birds to photograph
Long time, no post, here's a Long-tailed Tit from my garden recently.
Trevose Head Lighthouse
I spent last week on the North Cornwall coast and hoped for a spectacular sunset. This didn't materialise but I did manage this long exposure at Trevose Head, looking towards the Lighthouse from Dinas Head over Stinking Cove.
My first Butterfly shot of 2019, hopefully more to come over the next week or so!
A recent visitor to my garden, a bird I've been wanting to get a decent shot of for sometime now.
I've taken lots of shots of the Dippers recently on my local Brook but this is one of my favourites.
I had a second encounter with the Dipper on my local Brook this week and attempted some action shots, this one taken as the bird was demonstrating their classic dipping action.
A third shot of the Dipper on my local Brook, still hoping to see the youngsters.
Best viewed full screen to see the detail.
A second shot of the Dipper on my local Brook, so many shots to choose from but I like the backdrop of the waterfall in this one.
I've dipped out on the Cuckoos so far this year but I have found this Dipper which must have a nest nearby as it's clearly collecting insects. I will be able to watch these closely as they're local to me.
I've spent some time this week observing and photographing 2 male and 1 female Redstart on my local patch, this shot of one of the males is the best I've managed so far. Hoping to get more opportunites with them over the coming weeks.
A second shot of one of the female Stonechats on my local patch from the beginning of April.
Another flight shot from my session in my garden this week, this time a Goldfinch
I spent a couple of hours in my garden this week experimenting with my 500mm and had enough light for some flight shots. This male Bullfinch was his usual aggressive self with the Goldfinches.
At least two pairs of Stonechats on my local patch this week, hoping to see some offspring over the next few weeks.
Another shot of one of the male Wheatears on my local patch, this time having a good old shake.
One of two male Wheatears arrived on my patch this week along with one female.
A first outing out on the Moors with my newly acquired 500mm f4 lens this Meadow Pipit popped up in front of me and posed nicely.
Have a great weekend.
A rather handsome male Bullfinch from my garden back in February