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Showing posts with label Cetti's Warbler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cetti's Warbler. Show all posts

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Another year rolled away



I've been out a fair bit recently, hence the lack of blogs and blog visiting. I've also spent some time updating my website with some new pictures.


Here's a few.





A very confiding Lapwing. A shame I didn't get the exposure right though.







Not the best of pictures, but it's here because it was my first Cuckoo of the year.








This is probably my best shot of a Cetti's Warbler. There's one at my local lake, so if you read that blog, you may have seen this picture before. Worth a repeat though, I think.





A visit to RSPB Minsmere, in Suffolk, the other day, with Trevor, and we saw some cracking birds. A great reserve; just a shame it's so bloody far away.




 Bearded Tit


A male. A small group of these were 'pinging' away in the sunshine, and giving some good views; albeit a bit distant.

And then a Marsh Harrier flies by .........





........... and you begin to wonder if it will get any better.




Well, the sun shone, and we saw plenty of other birds.




Some Sandwich Terns were getting down to business, and a large group of Sand Martins were nesting in a natural sandy cliff face by the visitor centre.





Even managed some video.






It's not all birds there either. We just missed seeing an Adder, but we did see some Red Deer.







A Blackbird was busily collecting worms most of the time we were there.




I later found his nest tucked away in some brambles, with 3 or 4 quite large chicks.




A visit there isn't complete without seeing the next bird.




The Bittern



They were 'booming' all day, but it wasn't until the end of our visit that we eventually saw one.




And then Friday, my birthday treat to myself. A trip to Paxton Pits in Cambridgeshire.
A site that is pretty much guaranteed this time of the year, to have, amongst other birds, Nightingales.



We were not disappointed.







The song is pretty spectacular, even if the bird does look pretty plain. A short video of the maestro performing.






Well, that'll do it for now, I think.


Have a good one.



Thursday, 25 March 2010

Some favourites

I’m getting a bit behind with my pictures at the moment. As fast as I get some ready to post, I take some more, and then the earlier ones get left behind a bit. Maybe I should stop going out with the camera for a while.


Maybe not. I enjoy it too much. And besides, I came pretty close to not going out at all a while ago lol


So, here are a few I’ve taken over the last few days, that for various reasons I really like. Some personal favourites, and why.



I took this today. A Cetti’s Warbler. Although probably not the best picture in the world, it’s the best one I’ve taken of a difficult little bugger to capture. I’ve been lucky enough to see them a few times now, and only twice managed pictures. Today, I was very happy.
I like this one.
And how many pictures of a Blue Tit do I need?
Words I recently said to a fellow blogger, Tricia.

Ok, so here’s another. Apart from the really clean colours of the bird, I’m happy with the angle he’s sitting, in relationship to the branches.
Yea, for now, I like it.
Now, another 'not brilliant picture', in the sense that the subject is out of focus.

The auto focus completely missed the Red Crested Pochards, and went for the branches instead. It wasn’t till I looked at it on the computer, that it somehow appealed to me though; maybe because it broke the ‘rules’.
A little extra piece to this picture……..there were 8 of these swimming around on this particular lake. A pair would have been good to see, but four pairs, wow!

And last one goes to my favourite bird. The Pheasant.


A handsome male. Took this low down on the floor of the woods, the sunlight picking him out as he walked into the spotlight. What lady Pheasant could resist such a beauty?

Hope you didn’t mind my little bit of indulgence. Back to normal next time.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

At last

Anyone who has been following this blog for a while, will know there has been a bird that has eluded me most of this year. He calls when I walk past, then hides. I wait……..he hides. I walk away, he reappears, calling again. My tormentor. Fleeting glimpses as he ducks down amongst the bushes, ready to ambush me again and again.
The Cetti’s Warbler!

This morning I paid a visit to his lair; Willen Lake. A dull, cloudy morning. Not ideal lighting for pictures, but this was a day off work, so it beat sitting indoors. I walked a different direction for a change, hoping to see some Redwing if they’ve got here yet. They haven’t, or at least I didn’t see any. But I heard my tormentor.

I stopped and listened. Somewhere in the tree in front of me. I strained my eyes, searching the branches. Nothing. He called again. I searched again. A small flock of Long Tailed Tits swooped into the tree, searching for breakfast. They noisily chased each other through the branches, and then left, as quickly as they came. All except one.

I watched as he moved up the branches. This wasn’t a Long Tailed Tit. I slowly lifted my camera, not daring to breath. This was my tormentor.




The Cetti finally revealed himself; although somewhat masked by the branches. I rattled off shot after shot, not daring to stop and check if they were ok. They weren’t that good, but at least I had finally captured him on camera.

This is about as far as I could push this with the editing software, after cropping in.
The day could only get better after this. I’d finally got my bird.


Oh I know they are not good, but indulge me in my moment of triumph.