A Goldeneye

February 22, 2020 at 7:25 pm

This weeks drake Goldeneye was photographed on a Pennine reservoir where it is happy to spend winter before probably returning to Scandinavia. A small population do breed in the Cairngorms but most of the Pennine birds come from further afield.
During the last fifty years that I have been filming birds some years have been better than others, but 2014 was exceptional. Not only did I photograph two pairs of Nightjars, two pairs of Kingfishers, Hen Harrier and Buzzard all at the nest, I also filmed a pair of Barn Owls with six young that were nesting on the ground in a barn.One or two photos of this unique event are included in this weeks gallery. Click here

Shades Of Purple

February 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm

Whilst on the Fylde last week what should fly into the photo was this juvenile Purple Heron. Apparently it had been in the area since November and spent all its time catching Voles in the fields. It was the first that I had ever seen and was a weird looking subject. Sadly it never caught anything in the hour that it was in view.The Pink Footed Geese that I went for were very impressive and are also in this weeks gallery.Click here

Rotting Timber

February 7, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Wherever you go in the Caledonian forests you will find enormous dead trees that are hundreds of years old but are still standing. The dead wood provides last weeks star bird the Crested Tit with nest-sites. Many other birds and mammals like the Red Squirrel are to be found in the pines and boggy areas are home to the Large Raft Spider – one of the rarest in Britain. This weeks gallery has a variety of photos from the forests together with the Ptarmigan, which had a very poor breeding season last year. click here

The Forest Gem

February 1, 2020 at 7:43 pm

There is no doubt that the star bird of the Caledonian forests of speyside is the Crested Tit. Last week we made a January visit especially for them and also a touch of Burns night. We were not disappointed on either count with the Crested Tits active at all the places that we visited. January is probably the best month of the year to see them for after that, especially in mild weather, they commence their breeding cycle and are much more illusive.This weeks gallery includes photos from one morning session. Click here

Winter Barn Owls

January 27, 2020 at 3:07 pm

At long last we had a couple of frosty mornings last week-end and I made a quick visit to one of my Barn Owl farms hoping to see some action. It was sunny and both Barn Owls came out to hunt over the rapidly melting frosts. I had almost forgotten how fantastic it is to watch these magnificent Owls quartering the pasture, totally engrossed in capturing a vole. When successful they would fly into the barn to devour the vole at their leisure. click here

The Redwing Roost

January 19, 2020 at 6:21 pm

At the end of a winters day Redwings come together to spend the night in a communal roost. Some of these birds will travel many miles to roost together for safety and perhaps to tell one another where there is food. Unlike Starlings they do not murmurate but fly directly into the roost – usually in a pine forest. I visited one such roost in the Ribble valley last month and stood in amazement as thousands of Redwings flew over my head into the pines. Over a period of forty minutes more than twenty thousand Redwings entered the roost and it was impossible to arrive at an accurate figure. As it was almost dark when the last birds arrived taking photos was not easy but some are in this weeks gallery. I understand that BBCs Winterwatch camera men have been to film the spectacle which will be shown in their programme in the next ten days.click here