19th June 2011 Paythorne, just north of Gisburn, played host to a Common Crane
today.The bird could be viewed near the crossroads north of the village, just
on the boundary of Lancashire/Yorkshire although the bird was actually feeding on the
Yorkshire side! So i couldn't really tick it within the ELOC recording area.
More visits to the leo site this weekend (18-19th June) from 19.40-21.30 on
both nights. Lot's of activity, with three young birds seen and heard!
It always seems to be cloudy at the weekends when i'm there, making it frustrating
from a photography point of view. I did manage a flight shot of the male carrying prey
but against the light.
juvenile with prey
male with prey
The young are getting bolder now. This bird venturing
12th June 2011 Wykeham Forest Raptor watchpoint.
Three Honey Buzzards were on show almost continually from our arrival at
10.30 through till 12.30. Although distant for most of the time, they did show close
enough for "record" shots and several bouts of display flight was a pleasure to witness.
Also seen were: Goshawk, Common Buzzard, Crossbill and Turtle Dove, all from
the watchpoint, where around sixty other birders stood, as is the popularity of
Honey Buzzards in Britain.
worst Goshawk image ever!
After the morning Raptor watching, a visit to Bempton RSPB to photograph seabirds
before the weather worsened, was very enjoyable. A good number of Seabirds, particularly
Gannets and Kittiwakes pass close to the cliff-top, making flight shots, easy.
Another evening visit on the 11th June and at least three young birds were seen
in the best showing to date by the Owls. The young are large now and can fly short
distances within the nesting wood.
I was fortunate enough to film a food pass to a chick, although a flight shot of an adult,
in good light, still evades me.
Also seen this evening were Peregrine and Little Owl.
9th June 2011, I'm an 'occasional' twitcher and today was one of those occasions.
I joined Ian and Glen Hodgkinson to tick the mega rare, White-Throated Robin
Arriving around 10.45, we didn't have to wait too long for the bird to appear and
it gave suprisingly close views, feeding by the bowling green to an audience of around
twenty five others.
Glen's mega crisp packet
A quick stop at Saltholme RSPB for Spoonbill was a nice bonus. Just as good, were
A quiet couple of outings locally, with 5 Ringed Plover and 2 Dunlin at Upper Foulridge
on the last day of May. A Mandarin Duck showed well, wonder if they're breeding this year?
A singing Lesser Whitethroat on the Lower Reservoir on June 4th.