Saturday, 16 July 2016

Big Waters Update

Have been a bit tardy recently in doing lots of things as jobs seem to pile up and haven't exactly been at the top of my game due to being off colour a bit so here are a few photos from the past couple of weeks.

Swallows feeding young just outside the Feeding Station 

 Young Moorhen running across the Scrape
 Young Swallow waiting to be fed
 One of 3 Oystercatchers that are commuting back and forth to the island
 There were at least 7 Common Tern young on the island and
5 Black headed Gulls setting up nests
 ....and a one thats been mucked around with
Young Sparrow being fed by parent
Canada Goose family
 Young Great Crested Grebe plus there is a second one much younger on 
one of the parents back been seen for the last few days
3 Grey Wagtails were giving out alarm calls around a largish patch
of our walk and seemed to be following us around.  We only saw 1 young
for definite although they were moving around so frequently a proper 
count could not be established

Possibly a young Warbler waiting for food also

Finally a video of clips of the Swallows being fed on a windy day


Saturday, 2 July 2016

Big Waters 26 June 2016

The long walk at Big Waters was done in great weather (for a change) and the company was great also, Alan J and Ian D, as usual.  Lots of chat about Brexit and the complete and utter debacle that it appears to us all, apart from the politicians, is going on was top of the list of things to discuss.  We normally chat about something then move on but with this we kept coming back to it even when we got to the hide where the Workparty had done a quick repair job on the damage done by the Ar******s last week.  Anyway here are a few pictures from our walk round (not many though, blame the bloody politicians for that).

Quite a few Butterflies were spotted today including the following:
Common Blue
 (no doubt if I am wrong I will be informed by my unofficial proofreader)

Large Skipper

 Speckled Wood

One of my favourite views on the walk
It should be all canopied over soon
 A Mistle Thrush hopping around the horse field
 Several Damselflies cavorting around

A Thunder Cloud forming - fortunately it did not come to its conclusion and broke up

Late getting round so a different view from the Emirates landing

One of two Emperors that were flying around for over an hour at the first hide

Just a few clips of video I put together from the day, none of which have been clipped or edited apart from a couple of text comments.  Personally I like listening to the audio as well because I sometimes miss things that are being said when concentrating on taking pictures or videoing