Garth Peacock
Great Grey Shrike and others


That's the end of 2019 for me.

Friday 20th December 2019

Disaster strikes

Monday 2nd December 2019

It's still very hard work

Saturday 9th November 2019

A quiet month overall

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Week ending 11th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

A quiet week

Friday 4th October 2019

A week of mixed fortunes

Tuesday 1st October 2019

The final catch-up

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Post Romania

Wednesday 4th September 2019

Romania Day 7 - 14th June 2019

Saturday 17th August 2019

Romania Day 6 - 13th June 2019

Friday 16th August 2019

Romania Day 5 - 12th June 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Romania Day 4 - 11th June 2019

Thursday 18th July 2019

Romania Day 3 - 10th June 2019

Tuesday 9th July 2019

Romania Day 2 - 9th June 2019

Monday 24th June 2019

Romania Day1 - 8th June 2019

Friday 21st June 2019

Great Grey Shrike and others

Thursday 6th June 2019

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Thursday 6th June 2019

The last time that I photographed a Great Grey Shrike was March 2012. The odd one had been reported in the area over winter but the few sightings were always distant. Over the past three weeks or so, an adult had been reported at Needingworth. It was possibly the same bird but this one was more co-operative, spending most of it's time in view on the fence of the Hanson compound at the RSPB site at Needingworth Lakes.

I rarely do twitches as the opportunities for good photos tend to be limited due to the numbers of birders happy with more distant views through scopes. Anyway, with sun forecast, I decided to make the trip on 29th May. By the time I had reached the bird, it was heavy cloud and all I could manage was a shot against the sky - a grey bird against a grey sky - this would not win prizes!!!

But is was the best I could do before it disappeared. There were three Turtle Doves purring away, one of which alighted on a distant bush.

and a juvenile Pied Wagtail showed relatively close.

But that was all and with the weather still poor, I went home.

I tried again on 4th June, hoping for more luck as it was my birthday. The weather was cloudy bright but the bird was showing on the compound fence against a grassy bank so a much better backdrop than before. This time after a couple of hours, it tolerated a very close approach.

It then disappeared to the far side of the compound and out of sight.

On the way home, I called in at Fen Drayton Lakes where a couple of Reed Buntings were showing and singing from the tops of the roadside vegetation.

By lunchtime, I was home, getting ready for my impending trip to Romania. It will be at least a couple of weeks or so before this blog will be updated with what, I hope, will be some scintilating shots from the Danube Delta!!!