Garth Peacock
A trip to Northamptonshire


The last two weeks of January

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Wildfowl Week

Monday 21st January 2019

Slim pickings for a month.

Monday 14th January 2019

Last one for 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

A week to remember

Monday 3rd December 2018

A couple of trips to norfolk

Friday 16th November 2018

Deer and more Deer

Thursday 15th November 2018

Some activity at last.

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Welney Widlife Trust Norfolk

Monday 22nd October 2018

It's all still very hard work

Wednesday 17th October 2018

It's not getting any easier

Saturday 6th October 2018

A stormy week

Sunday 23rd September 2018

It's all still very hard work

Sunday 16th September 2018

Bits and bobs over the last 10 days

Sunday 9th September 2018

Another update

Monday 27th August 2018

About time for an update.

Friday 10th August 2018

Bitterns and a Hobby

Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Danube Delta - Day 5

Wednesday 11th July 2018

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Tuesday 27th February 2018

It has been three weeks since my last update, what with my partial immobility due to my leg problems. It appears I have either an inflamed tendon or a trapped nerve. Anyway, I think there is some improvement.

So my outings have really been confined to short walks to hides where I could sit in relative comfort. I have wanted to try a new venue - a hide at Barnwell Country Park just over the county border in Northamptonshire. It is a woodland hide so bright sunshine was not the ideal due to the strong shadows but we made the best of it.

Nothing of rarity value but there were repeat visits by several Nuthatches.

Also several Marsh Tits.

and the real bonus, a Treecreeper feeding on the ground in front of the hide, often too close to focus,

but eventually, it did perform on a nearby log.

Before we went home, we had a look round the rest of the park, with a drake Tufted Duck very conveniently in the sunshine. A very common duck so not one that I have taken much notice of for several years so these were probably my best photos of the species.

The next day, we decided to go to the Nene Washes at Eldernell where some Short-eared Owls had been performing. These Owls are diurnal - mainly hunting during the daytime - usually appearing mid afternoon. Three did but kept their distance due to four very noisy photographers that talked incessantly and very loudly. Disappointing so very few photos were keepers. This is one.

On 21st February, with the weather uncertain, I revisited Barnwell Country Park, this time on my own. It was cloudy this time so no problem with shadows. I set up some photogenic logs in front of the hide with some carefully placed food and waited. I had the hide to myself for most of the time so very relaxing.

The usual visitors appeared. Chaffinch

Great Tit


Reed Bunting


Marsh Tit

These were some of the best photos I have taken of these species so I was well pleased. Then a surprise, three Mandarin Ducks appeared and started to feed.

These were originally a far eastern species naturalised into this country but the male is very colourful. Not so the female.

The male became very inquisitive of my camera clicking away.

Shortly after this, a real bonus - a beautiful male Siskin appeared from no-where to feed for several minutes.

What a morning this was so I limped off home very happy.