Garth Peacock
May Summarised


Local trips.

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Scotland - the last three days

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Scotland day 6

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Scotland - Day 5 - A mammal day

Friday 13th April 2018

Scotland - Days 3 & 4

Thursday 12th April 2018

Scotland - Day2

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Scotland - Day 1

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Catch-up time on nothing much.

Monday 12th March 2018

A trip to Northamptonshire

Tuesday 27th February 2018

What a delightful surprise

Monday 5th February 2018

What a week it wasn't

Sunday 4th February 2018

Week ending 19th January 2018

Monday 22nd January 2018

First outing of 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

A snowy start to the week.

Saturday 16th December 2017

Sucesses and failures in equal measure

Wednesday 13th December 2017

A morning of common birds

Sunday 26th November 2017

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

Tuesday 21st November 2017

The past ten days.

Thursday 16th November 2017

Birdguides Photo of the Week

Wednesday 8th November 2017

A week in pictures

Friday 3rd November 2017

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

This is my second attempt at writing this blog. My last one appears to have been hacked into rubbish and a few entries added to the photo section that were also rubbish. All now deleted but it makes one think what mind set these people have. Can't have much of a brain beyond computing if hacking into an innoccuous wildlife website gives them pleasure!!!

Anyway, rant over so here goes with the second write up.

At the beginning of the month, a friend and I went to Woodwalton Fen in Cambridgeshire as Bitterns had been reported as 'showing well'. We arrived at the first hide with nothing of interest although a drake Garganey flew in with a flock of Teal but too distant for effective photography. After chatting to a couple that arrived later, and with nothing of interest, we moved to the second hide where we were treated to a couple of Hobby's hawking over the mere. Light nothing special so only so-so images.

After lunch, we moved back to the first hide. Shortly after arriving, a pair of Common Terns flew in and occupied the tern raft. Their behaviour indicated that they has just arrived on migration, especially when a mating attempt was made, although unsuccessful.

The north hide produced the usual Marsh Harriers, although distant and with deteriorating light, we called an end to the day.

Getting home, I received an e-mail from the couple we saw in the first hide. Just after we had left, a Bittern flew across the mere, landing in front of the hide, and proceeding to feed for a while. An excellent photo opportunity missed as his own photos proved. B***** it!!!

In the middle of the month, my wife and I enjoyed a 10 day holiday in Cyprus, an island that we know well. Not a birding holiday so I took my 7DMK2 attached to the 100-400 lens (just in case) and the 24-105 for landscapes. I have no ability with landscapes - just cannot see the potential for a decent shots but I wanted to practice in readiness for my forthcoming photo trip to Iceland. Few birds around anyway except for Crested Lark that were very common, especially at our favourite walking place, Cape Drepano.

After returning, I managed an afternoon at nearby Haddenham where, eventually, the Corn Buntings showed well.

One even landed in front of my camera requiring a quick removal of the teleconverter to get it in the frame.

Not a particularly eventful month but the forthcomimg trip to Iceland should be more fruitful.