Garth Peacock
Catch-up time on nothing much.


Week ending 11th May 2018

Thursday 17th May 2018

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

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Monday 12th March 2018

Since my last blog, two days out have produced virtually nothing. Well that is how wildlife photography often goes.

My friend and I were looking to try somewhere different. Locally, there is very little of interest and Norfolk is also very disappointing at present. Anyway, an acquaintance suggested we try some of his haunts in Hertforshire so on Friday23rd February, that is what we did with our friend guiding us.

First stop was a churchyard where some Hawfinches has been photographed over recent weeks - well not for us. Sightings at the top of distant trees was the  closest we got. Next, on to a place called Tewinbury. All we saw were a few Canada Geese but at least they put on a mating display.

Next to Amwell with nothing showing at all except a rapid fly-past Sparrowhawk. I really surprised myself by getting one shot worth keeping.

The plan was to finish up at the RSPB reserve at Rye Meads. Well, quite amazingly we found out it was closed on Fridays due to staff shortages. Well done the RSPB - certainly not the organisation it once was. Seems the larger it gets, the less it thinks of it's paying members!!!

And then we were hit by the 'Beast from the East'. In Cambridge, we were not badly hit but the surrounding areas were so no chance to get out. There was one bonus however. The poor weather was forcing one of most attractive winter thrushes, the Fieldfare, to visit gardens for food so I set up my small feeding tray with an old log screwed to it, placed on it some sliced apples and waited. The first day nothing but on Saturday 3rd March, there was one that stayed all day, busily defending the food from all others. Opening the conservatory doors, I was able to get some decent shots.

Finally, last Friday (9th March), we revisited the north coast of Norfolk. Nothing that we planned for worked out, including the weather so all that I managed was one shot of a Linnet.

Things must get better - well, couldn't be worse!!!