Thursday 20 July 2017

Last Weekend At Boulmer and Big Waters 15 & 16 July 2017

Not a post in 6 weeks due to not getting out, holidays and being ill.  Instead of Big Waters here are a few pictures from a trip to Boulmer last weekend with Tom Tams in search of the Long Billed Dowitcher which was very successful even though I didn't get any pictures of it I saw it a few times and quite close.  So here are some of the other things we saw starting with a short video of a couple of Juvenile Stonechats feeding:

I did go to Big Waters this weekend but was not feeling 100% so went home and hit the pillows and these were the only pictures I took.

This was one of the fishermen at the public end who had just caught a 6lb 3oz Bream


Monday 5 June 2017

Big Waters - 28 May 2017

Arrived at Big Waters on Sunday about 10 minutes late so decided to just wander round concentrating on ground level for a change so here are a few pictures from the 2 hours I spent in complete solitude. If there is no name against them and you know them please let me know

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis

 Silver-ground Carpet - Xanthorhoe montanata

Scorpion Fly

Azure Damselfly
 Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
Moth but  not sure which one

 Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula
 Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeria

The patternation looks like one of them post reading lamps (Alderfly - thanks Alan J)
 Common Carpet Moth - Epirrhoe alternata
 Green-veined White - Pieris napi

 Large Red Damselfly - Pyrrhosoma nymphula
 Emerald Damselfly - Lestes sponsa
 Lots of Cows in the South Field
 Mute Swan in the wood which has been chased off the pond by the resident couple and their young
 Green-veined White - Pieris napi

I then met up with Alan, Keith, Ian and Mick and ended up taking a few pictures of the birds
Couple of Canada Geese dropping in 
 Grey Heron surveying its hunting area
Practising Landing Approaches 
Common Tern looking for food 
Our resident Fish Crow which seems to have better success than the Terns 
 Couple of Gadwall

Thursday 25 May 2017

Big Waters - 21 May 2017

Haven't been up to Big Waters for a couple of weeks due to Family Duties so it was great to get out there for a few hours for a good old chat and a perusal of the countryside with Ian D, Alan J and Keith B.  Here are a few pictures from the walk

A Fox watching us watching him
The paths are getting smaller as the greenery grows
I can't remember anything growing here 3 weeks ago
One of my favourite vistas 
Six Great Crested Grebes on the pond but only 1 pair has any young
The resident Swan pair which bred on Little Waters has now brought them to the Big Pond
View of the Island from the new Platform
...and the North Scrape from the New Platform
Reed Bunting belting out the top tunes for the ladies
Lovely flowers
The Cygnets on the main scrape
Canada with its reduced brood of 4
Young Moorhen on the Main Scrape
At least 4 Terns sitting on the Island
Another shot of the Grebe family
...and the Swan family out for a Sunday Paddle

Finally a short video of some of the youngsters on the pond with background (non scripted) chatter supplied by the lads (and Mick M)