Sunday, 21 May 2017

Night Heron - Dingle Gardens, Shrewsbury, Shropshire


A dream day in Shrewsbury at Dingle Gardens with the very very showy Night Heron he was showing as soon as we got there so beautiful I was so excited he gave us amazing views felt like a dream with Night Herons being special birds to me as it's the bird that brought Me and Dave together so to get such amazing views of one is out of this world, I know you can'e always have views like this of birds but to me this is what watching birds is about this is the type of bird watching and bird photography I love :)
Dingle Gardens is an amazing beautiful place the flowers are out of this world and the water fountain and such a relaxing place everyone so polite and all happy to see and learn about the bird, it was a lovely day Night heron is definitely one of my fav birds :) big thank you to Dave for taking me :)
I will have to go back again I could live there the gardens, the town with the black and white buildings is just down my street :)
Places like this make you think that we are surrounded by such beauty even in busy towns and citys there are still beautiful gardens, parks, woods always places we can for tranquil in a very hectic world we have to make the most of these beautiful places and beautiful moments we are part of nature so we should enjoy it and make the most of all the beauty :)

















Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spotted Sandpiper - Belvide Reservoir, Staffordshire


A great day with the Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide Reservoir stunning bird those spots really stand out and we had lovely views still a little distant for my camera and hard work because the hide was packed with people but just glad I saw him a lifer for me and wading birds just fascinate me love them :)
Such a lovely reserve would love to go back again and go insect hunting that would be great fun can image theres some beauties to be seen there :)




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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Cannock Chase - Adder and Summer Migrants

 A spectacular day at Cannock Chase with Summer Migrants, lovely views of Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Tree Pipit and amazing views again of Tree Pipit they make me smile there not bothered at all by us lovely birds :)
The main highlight of the day was an Adder we had heard people walk past and mention Adder so we walked down the path and there it was out in the open on the path it was so much smaller than I though and so so beautiful I felt like crying I actually had tears in my eyes I had always wanted to see an Adder I love snakes and this was my best view of any snake and my only ever snake in England this moment will stay with me forever a dream come true, but then on closer inspection we realised the poor Adder had possibly been run over by a cyclist or poorly but there did some to be some damage on him but hard to tell he was very alert and the brave Dave managed to make a forked stick and moved the Adder to somewhere sunny and safe out of harms way :) I just pray he will of been ok but we did all we could to give him the best chance and i'm so proud of Dave he has a fear of Snakes but loves them too but I know deep down how scared he would of been but he showed no hesitation just went straight to help without a second thought bless him :)
I'm so honoured to of seen this wonderful snake just wish he hadn't of been injured but hopefully he would of been fine :)

The Beautiful Adder


The Beautiful Adder

Cannock chase wooded area

Cannock chase Wooded area

Cannock chase Wooded area


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Reed Warbler - Middleton Lakes


A cracking day at Middleton Lakes with a showy Reed Warbler my best ever prolonged views amazing birds and I love moments like this when birds show well and just singing in front of you an amazing experience and always makes me smile :) Also showy Sedge Warblers singing there hearts out too also stunning birds I love all Warblers :)
Also some nice views of Common Tern on the Island still distant but nice :)

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Common Tern

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Banded Demoiselle - Middleton Lakes RSPB


Another trip to Middleton Lakes today picking up Little Gull for the year a stunning little gull so pretty, a nice sunny day and lot's of Banded Demoiselles Male and Females just stunning so beautiful and striking, we had 20+ :)
Also lovely views of Song Thrush, Common Redstart, Reed Buntings, Avocets and a beautiful close Lessser Black-backed Gull but we fear he was not well but we went the day after and he wasn't there so hopefully he was ok and flew off :)

Song Thrush

Reed Bunting

Common Whitethroat


Common Whitethroat

Avocet

Avocet

Little Gull 

Banded Demoiselle - Female

Banded Demoiselle - Male

Banded Demoiselle - Male

Banded Demoiselle - Female

Banded Demoiselle - Female

Banded Demoiselle - Female

Banded Demoiselle - Female



 

Monday, 1 May 2017

Bar-tailed Godwit and Whooper Swan - Marsh Lane


News coming through of Bar-tailed Godwits at Marsh Lane nature reserve we headed over there getting nice views but very distant on the islands but still lovely to see and another year tick :)
Also there had been a Whooper Swan which Dave had already seen and I got to see him today beautiful swan so elegant :) Also nice views of Gadwall, Lapwings and Common Redshank.









With us having are first Black Tern of the year yesterday at Farmoor res, Oxon but only getting distant views today we had quite a few at Shustoke getting better views and then news coming through of one at Seeswood Pool which was the record since 2008 which is amazing we headed over there it gave nice views hard to photograph as it was in flight but beautiful birds could see all the detail and so nice to watch one on Dave's local patch :) 

Turnstone at Farmoor Reservoir

Black Tern

Black Tern