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
I was chuffed this week to be awarded Gold in the monthly Wildlife competition in the Societies of International Photographers, my second award in 2 months, the first was for my Treecreeper.
Happy weekend to all.
The recent warm weather has encouraged the Frogs to start breeding, at least a dozen in my pond and lots of Spawn, hopefully the weather will stay warm enough so the Tadpoles hatch successfully.
Some nice background bokeh from the Snowdrops in my garden to set off this Coal Tit last week.
Lots of activity in my garden this week and some good light to go with it. Best of the bunch was this lovely female Bullfunch, accompanied by two suitors!
One of two male Bullfinches in my garden recently
Goldfinch in the snow
A Goldfinch in my garden during the brief spell of snow last week.
Lots of snow around Dartmoor this week but highlight for me was this very obliging Treecreeper that landed right in front of me in my garden
One of my resident Nuthatches from last week
Wishing all my Flickr friends a wonderful Christmas and a New Year full of photo opportunities
Apologies for my recent absence, I've had very little time with my camera recently. Here's one of my resident male Bullfinches in my garden back in July.
Staying with the theme of juvenile birds, here's a delightful Goldfinch not long fledged and still being fed by it's parents (missed the shot of that unfortunately)
Blue Tit (juv)
Still lots of juvenile birds in my garden, the Blue Tits are particularly numerous
Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv)
Couldn't resist posting another shot of one of my two resident juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers posing beautifully for me in the rain last week.
Lots of youngsters in my garden at the minute and lots of shots to show you, here's a starter for 10 - a very handsome juvenile Greenfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv)
I'm overjoyed to have this fledgling GSW visiting my garden regularly this week, hoping to get a shot of him/her with a parent. Grabbed this shot in fading light having waited an hour for him to appear.
A very pleasant morning last week spent with these beautiful and rare Butterflies at my local reserve in West Devon
Large Red Damselfly ♂️
A male Large Red Damselfly resting on a Bleeding Heart in my garden this week
Great Spotted Woodpecker ♂️
Pleased to see this male visiting my garden regularly at the minute, hopefully he's raising young and he'll bring them along when they've fledged!
(well worth viewing large)
My resident Bullfinch is still visiting my garden regularly, hoping they will bring Juveniles soon
I found a pair of Wheatear last evening on my local patch, in the same location as the Redstart, hopefully I'll be able to find their nest site.
A second visit to Wembury on the Devon South coast and lots of Whitethroats showing well and being very vocal, a real delight to see and hear.
Common Redstart ♂️
A solitary male Redstart has returned to the same location as last year on the Moors. Hoping that a female joins him and they nest again.
Finally managed to get out with the camera last weekend and had a close encounter with this Whitethroat on the coastal path at Wembury.
A minor altercation between two Goldfinches in my garden recently.
The female Bullfinch made a brief appearance in my garden this week.
Another shot of my resident male Bullfinch posing nicely for me.
Nice to see a pair of Stonechat out on the Moor in bright conditions this week, the male showed nicely for me.
One of two resident male Bullfinches in my garden at the moment.
Great Spotted Woodpecker ♂️
Finally managed to capture a fleeting moment with the male Great Spotted Woodpecker in my garden in decent light.
Another shot of one of my resident Long-tailed Tits during a brief spell of half decent light!
I managed a brief spell in my garden hide over the weekend in some decent light for a change. Pleased to see the Goldfinches returning along with Greenfinches and a single male Bullfinch (pics to follow hopefully).
A surprise visitor to my garden just before Christmas, a first for me, not taken in the best of light but this shot shows off beautifully the white eyebrow that distinguishes it from a Goldcrest
A very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my Flickr friends, see you all in 2018.