Spot The Chick

May 28, 2022 at 7:02 pm

On a perfect morning I could not resist another visit to Yorkshire to film the Black Necked Grebes. I was hoping to see some young Grebes but after two hours I had drawn a blank so I settled down to observe a pair. Eventually there was a movement on the back of the female and it was just possible to see not one but two day old young. Mission accomplished!

Industrial Gulls

May 23, 2022 at 1:48 pm

More than twenty years ago Lapwings started to nest on the roofs of Industrial units. At the time it was a bit of a novelty and was quickly followed ten years ago by Oyster Catchers doing the same.
A couple of weeks ago I followed an Oyster Catcher, carrying food for its young, back to the roof of my local industrial estate. When I got there I was amazed to find Herring and Lesser Black Backed Gulls all nesting on the same roof!! Upon further investigation I now find that Gulls breed on at least two other Industrial complexes in Greater Manchester.
Whilst in the hills last week I came across a Carrion Crows nest on top of a telegraph pole – another bird adopting to man! see gallery

Young Shorties

May 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm


While I have found the nest of Short Eared Owls in Scotland I have never found one in my local Pennines. All that changed last week when I watched a female back to a nest in deep heather. It contained four young, of different ages, all together in a heap for maximum warmth. So lets hope it stays wet and there are no moorland fires to hinder their fledging.

Little Owl Disaster

May 9, 2022 at 9:23 am

In the last ten years I have spent some wonderful moments filming a pair of Little Owls in a ruined building in the high Pennines. This weeks photos were taken last week as the male Little Owl was hunting for prey for his female who was already incubating eggs. All seemed well until someone appeared to tell me that she had purchased the building and as soon as plans were approved the whole building would be gutted! She had no interest in the Owls so it appears that it is only a matter of time before their ancestral site is gone forever. What can I do to stop it happening? – absolutely nothing!!

Yorkshire’s Best

May 1, 2022 at 5:04 pm

Within an hours drive from my hometown of Rochdale breeds one of Britains rarest and most spectacular birds -The Black Necked Grebe.Its in Yorkshire so armed with my passport(Or should I say my RSPB membership card!) I like to make a visit at least once a year.I have already been this year, a couple of weeks ago, with the Grebes then not coming close enough for a decent photo. However, last week conditions were perfect and although it took two hours a pair eventually provided me with some acceptable shots.