Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Lens around Penrith

One loan Black-headed Gull on Thacka reserve,
There has been very little excitement on the reserve, the lads have reported one or two passing migrants, and Fieldfare has been seen, but other than that nothing to make the blood rise.
       The other morning there was 3 Red-legged Partridge in the first paddock just past Thacka cottages, unfortunately I didn't have the camera as this was primarily a dog walk.

Right on the very edge of the town there are 2 small grazing fields and at the moment both have a few donkeys in.

Some of them were a bit camera shy.  

They always look sad to me.

Mother and youngster.

This little fella was in one of the Thacka paddock.

Also in one of the paddocks 4 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Common Gull

The Virgin balloon has been out every day as the weather has been good, although you wouldn't think it looking at this pic. as it drifted through a patch of low cloud,

Then a few mins. later it was out into sunshine again, and at one point it was so low, the people in the basket waved to me.
And lastly the Autumn colours are coming on a treat .

Monday, 15 October 2012

More from Lieghton


Couldn't make out what this wader was, it was too distant, and I didn't have my scope

By the time it was on the computer, the general census was, its a juvenile Green Sandpiper.

This Heron has spotted something , its beginning its run with a slight list.
At one point a flock of  Greylag Geese started circling round.


Coot enjoying some pond weed, or is it chocking on it.

A pair of Gadwall, I love the markings on the male, so delecate

Bottoms up, Gadwall.     
Hope you enjoy , all for now.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A few waders

Distant shot of , (left to right) Redshank, Little Egret and Greenshank.

Greeted by frost again this morning, so for a change no rain and a clear blue sky, so decided on a run down to Leighton Moss. I would have liked to have set off earlier than I did but the Westies had to have their walk before I left, anyway it was about 9am by the time I arrived and the place was already quite busy

Looking over to the Eric Morecambe hide from the Allen hide, also the Allen pool and the Morecambe Bay marshes beyond.

This is the brand new Eric Morecambe hide, and the Allen hide has been renewed as well.

The next 5 shots are of a Redshank feeding.

The sun was great but not in the best position as regards taking pics of the waders, as it was tending to put them in semi shade.

Every wader was in feeding mode, above and below Little Egret.

And a made dash to catch the next morsel.
And I'll finish off this first batch with a few Grey Heron shots.

Its reflection has a hole in the neck.
More to come in the next post.