Garth Peacock
Local trips.


Good weather at last

Friday 17th May 2019

5 days of not a lot

Saturday 4th May 2019

Week ending 26th April 2019

Monday 29th April 2019

The last couple of weeks or so

Wednesday 17th April 2019

Wales - Day 5

Monday 15th April 2019

Wales - Day4

Thursday 11th April 2019

North Wales - Day 3

Tuesday 9th April 2019

North Wales - Day 1 and 2

Sunday 7th April 2019

March so Far

Wednesday 13th March 2019

The last seven days

Monday 18th February 2019

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

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Tuesday 24th April 2018

Last week was the rarity - glorious sunshine thoughout the whole week. Great for photography you may say but that is not necessarily true. From mid-morning to mid-afternoon, the light is so harsh that decent photography is difficult, if not impossible.

However, getting bored at home, I ventured to the local Fen Drayton Lakes on Wednesday afternoon for a walk with the camera. Nothing too strenous in the heat so I just took my 100-400 lens and the Canon 7d mk2 camera, no tripod and just see what happens. Well, nothing much except for a Chiffchaff that made a reasonable image but a pleasant walk in the sun.

That evening, there were reports of Garganey near Bakers Hide at Wicken Fen. I was intending to go to Norfolk but with little being reported, I changed my mind and arrived at the hide at around 08.00 with full sun but side-lit from the right which was not ideal and a surprisingly high water level. Anyway, through the morning, the sun moved round so decent shots of common stuff was possible with clear blue water.


Coot with a novel way of transporting nesting material.

A group of Tufted Ducks made an appearance.

With all quiet for a spell, pandemonium suddenly erupted with some drake Gadwall deciding to scrap for the privilege of escorting the lone female.

The female was totally unimpressed and paddled off into the reeds.

Then a drake Garganey made a distant appearance. and after a little sortie, decided to preen and wing-flap before moving out of sight.

Garganey are a summer migrant to the UK, wintering in Africa so they are recent arrivals, looking to pair up and breed. I saw three drakes but no female although previous reports had included one female.

Just in front of the hide, a Little Grebe suddenly popped up with a Gudgeon in its bill.

Eventually, one drake Garganey moved closer allowing reasonable shots as it fed by the reed bed before joining the rest of them just out of sight.

Now approaching mid-day so, with the light harsh, I returned home. Mission achieved.