Garth Peacock
A couple of trips worth commenting on


A different experience

Monday 7th June 2021

Interesting times

Tuesday 25th May 2021

The last 10 days or so

Monday 10th May 2021

Something different at last

Friday 30th April 2021

March/April update

Tuesday 6th April 2021

Remembering the highlights

Monday 22nd March 2021

Three weeks of not very much!!!

Saturday 6th March 2021

Minor successes despite Covid

Tuesday 16th February 2021

Desperation strikes

Monday 8th February 2021

Keeping sane during lockdown

Thursday 28th January 2021

2020 - Out with a bang

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Another month concluded

Monday 30th November 2020

Another lockdown!!!!

Monday 9th November 2020

What a week - NOT!!!

Thursday 29th October 2020

A couple of weeks to catch up on

Monday 26th October 2020

Mixed fortunes

Saturday 26th September 2020

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Tuesday 18th August 2020

For wildlife photogrpahy, the last couple of weeks have been pretty dire, in my opinion. Most hides on the reserves are still closed and most other areas of interest overpopulated by dog-walkers, joggers, cyclists and staycationers.

However, 29th July, I did venture forth to Fowlmere RSPB but did not even take a photo. Giving up, on the way home, I called in at Dernford Reservoir to see if anything there was of interest. Doing my best to avoid the requisite dog-walkers and resulting dog-crap everywhere, I did manage to get within range of a feeding Common Sandpiper but that was all.

Taking the plunge, for the first time since lockdown, a friend and I decided to go to Alton Water in Suffolk last Friday as a Gull-billed Tern had been there for a few days. A totally new species for both of us but as we parked there, the heavens opened - not a good start!!! Eventually, the weather started to improve but still heavy cloud.

We crossed the dam to the outfall, from where the target bird was regularly reported. It had been seen that morning. While we waited, I practised on a flying Cormorant

and some Egyptian Geese.

After a short wait, the Gull-billed Tern flew in from the left and landed, although distant.

After flying off down the reservoir, the bird made a sudden appearance on railing closer than before,

where it was eventually attacked by a local Black-headed Gull and seen off.

We did not see it again after that although it was reported there later that afternoon but had disappeared overnight.

Never-the-less, a very worthwhile trip to add to my photographed species count. More photos of this bird in 'Recent Additions' on this website.