Pink Feet

December 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Pink footed geese
Every winter tens of thousands of Pink Footed Geese spend winter on the Lancashire mosslands. This year there are record numbers due to an abundance of food because the local farmers have been unable to harvest their root crops in all the recent months of wet weather.
Last week, at long last, we had four days of sunshine and I was able to visit this waterlogged area. Pink Footed Geese were moving from field to field and provided some good photos, although close-up feeding shots were out of the question as they were very wary. Kestrels were in abundance and a solitary Barn Owl was asleep on a fence-post. On one occasion a Short Eared Owl was seen hunting but I left before its main hunting period at dusk. Click here

Hawfinch Eruption

December 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Hawfinch
For the first time in at least the last fifty years there has been a massive migration of Hawfinches into the UK. Unfortunately for people in Manchester most of these Hawfinches have flown over and not landed! The main reason for this is that we have very few of their favourite Hornbeam trees in Manchester.
To have any chance of any photos I have been to a large estate in east Yorkshire where Hornbeams were in abundance. Even so I only obtained a couple of shots of a female in the top of the Hornbeam as shown in this weeks blog. I spent lots of time un?er a camouflage cloth looking at Hornbeam leaves on the ground waiting for Hawfinches to drop down to feed. It never happened but a raging blizzard did descend. As I looked through the lens I spotted something red in the snow that turned out to be a Red Campion in flower! See photo in gallery which must be more unique than one of a Hawfinch!! On the way home I was treated to a spectacular sunset.click here

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