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Beardies and bitterns and Board members, oh my!
It's been all go at the Moss this weekend, when we had the pleasure of a visit from our Board and Council members. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase all that Leighton Moss has to offer and they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. We certainly had great fun showing them all round...
21 May 2013
Another Swift day
Hundreds of Swifts careening about the marsh today and quite a few hirundines with them but despite checking nothing odd could be found. Plenty else to see though with the drake Garganey showing well and having a good fly round, Greenshank out on the flashes again, baby Lapwings in several spots, dashing...
17 May 2013
Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 17.05.2013
The weather was pretty dour early in the week and the blog was looking a bit lean a couple of days ago but the brighter weather has woken everything up again and the last few days has seen plenty more activity on the reserve. Last weekend saw a huge influx of Swallows and Martins and Swifts in particular...
17 May 2013
Looking for Beardies
This week at Minsmere we’ve been bittern and marsh harrier watching, as well as carrying out our first bearded tit survey of the year (as well as my first ever!). The bittern watch revealed slightly more activity than in previous weeks with a few chases of females by males being seen but no...
17 May 2013
Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 10.05.2013
The amazing weather of last week continued into the early part of this week and with it the interesting sightings continued to flow. The weekend saw a huge influx of Swifts over the Avalon Marshes, with 1000's seen and there were several hundred flying over the reserve today as well along with...
10 May 2013
Saltholme Recent Sightings: 3rd- 10th May 2013
Hi, The week brought with it some glorious hot sunny days which created ideal conditions for our weekly butterfly transect. Species recorded during the survey included, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, and Green-veined White. Wader passage was a prominent fixture during the week with a traditional...
10 May 2013
What's been seen today
Another good day out on the marsh although the early morning rain and a light south-easterly breeze hinted that it could have been better... The highlights were: a calling Wood Sandpiper, 4 Shoveler, 4 Teal, m Corn Bunting, m Willow Warbler, Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Whimbrel, 3...
8 May 2013
A bank holiday boom
With the wonderful weather we've had over the past few days, things have been busy down here at the reserve. Although the weather may have cooled down the bird action certainly hasn't with this morning bringing with it some brilliant views of a female marsh harrier and a male hen harrier , both...
8 May 2013
Sometimes, just sometimes, wildlife it seems can be predicted! At the end of the last blog post I included some wildlife highlights to look out for in the coming week. And for once the wildlife obliged! Firstly a stoat was spotted bounding down the path to lower hide, scurrying around with their...
3 May 2013
Pictures from a visit to Lakenheath Fen yesterday.
On Thursday i had to attend a funeral at Bury St Edmunds and decided to stopover afterwards as it was uch a long drive. The funeral went well, it was beautiful day which helped lift everyone's spirits, especially afterwards as we all sat and reminisced in the sunshine in the pub garden. We decided...
27 Apr 2013
compact camera and a real beaut of a goldie pic wahoooo lol
i have just taken this with my compact, not bad for a beginner hey lol
11 Apr 2013
compact cam take2.....nothing exciting i`m afraid :(
30 Mar 2013
another go with my compact cam, cold weather doesn`t seem to be putting these off xx
i am still waiting for my new camera so in the mean time i take pics with my compact so the quality isn`t always top notch but i still think these are decent enough to recognise what they are xxx
27 Mar 2013
just before i turned off....along came the redpolls and goldfinches xx
i was ready to turn off my camera when i noticed these just starting to argue over the Niger feeder so i managed a couple of pics, please remember these are taken with a compact camera so the quality isn`t top notch but still decent i think xxxx
23 Mar 2013
Some pictures from a trip to Somerset.
Got up nice and early this morning and headed off to Somerset to enjoy a day in the sunshine exploring some reserves I have never visited before - Greylake and Ham Wall as top of the list. Got onto the M5 and headed south but still the promised sunshine hadn't arrived. Still it was early (for me...
4 Mar 2013
A Day at Blacktoft Sands
This was my first visit to Blacktoft Sands, and certainly not my last :-)
16 Feb 2013
Kestrel and Marsh Harrier?
Hi there, I took this photograph at RSPB Dungeness today. A birdwatcher in the hide said that the bird on the right hovering over a reed bed was a juvenile marsh harrier. It wasn't until I opened the photograph on the computer that I realised that there was a bird on the left. Is that a kestrel...
30 Nov 2012
A November marsh harrier
One of the marsh harriers flying aroung blacktoft today. Taken with a basic camera so did not want to crop this image.
15 Nov 2012
Trip to Dorset - part 1: Monday 29 Oct at Radipole Lake
Firstly, I must say that a month or so ago I decided I would change from Sony to Canon, for various reasons. Knowing that this trip to Dorset was coming up, as mrs bob had confirmed she would be off to Cornwall with her sisters, 2 weeks ago I traded in my Sony a500 camera and Sigma 50-500mm lens for...
2 Nov 2012
Another new Marsh Harrier
Two Marsh Harriers have been reported at Lodmoor recently. The breeding male is still around and on 16-Dec I saw this one hunting over the back reeds and the moor. At long range the large shoulder-patches make it look like the female that bred at Lodmoor 2010-11 and at Radipole in 2009. Closer-to...
18 Dec 2011
Avocet fends off Marsh Harrier - Blacktoft Sands
This Avocet was defending three chicks, the Harrier was soon on its way!
7 Aug 2011
Adult male marsh harrier
Neil j lunn
Adullt male marsh harrier displaying in front of first hide photo was taken sunday 27 3 2011
28 Mar 2011
Barn owl meets harrier
Photo taken by Rachael Theaker on Saturday 12th February. This barn owl was happy hunting until it bumped into this harrier!
18 Feb 2011
a harrier lapwing connection.
21 Jan 2011
another marsh harrier gives our buzzard a rough time.
Neil j lunn
More marsh harriers attack the rough leg photo was taken from singleton hide 24.10.10
26 Oct 2010
Taken from bittern hide
20 Jun 2010
A male marsh harrier
This was taken at Leighton Moss in May 2008 by Mike Malpass.
10 Apr 2010
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