Starling Murmuration

November 18th, 2016

I have been trying to photograph a Starling Murmuration at 2 different sites but with limited luck so far, the Starlings have been going straight in to roost rather than ‘sky dancing’

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Another Welney Sunset

November 11th, 2016

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Dangers of flight

November 11th, 2016

Not a very good photo but just shows the dangers of flight with pylons and cables everywhere, not so bad in daylight but could be deadly at dusk and in mist/fog.

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Geese at Sunset

November 10th, 2016

Geese at Sunset, taken today at Welney WWT.geeseatsunset

Fallow Deer

November 4th, 2016

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Back

November 4th, 2016

After a few years rest from posting on my site, I am trying to add more content bit by bit again.

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For the first time

May 7th, 2012

For the first time I have seen this morning baby Dunnocks in the garden and they were being fed by an adult.  I had seen an adult Dunnock around since winter so assume it was a female and she decided to stay and nest but I have only ever seen one adult at any one time.

Just a

November 6th, 2011

Just a Mute Swan taking off at Welney using a slow shutter speed to blur the wings and water splash…

To me this is definitely

September 23rd, 2011

To me this is definitely a Wildlife Wonder in my own garden 🙂  I bought a Hedgehog House and within days a Hedghog was making a nest inside it and is now living there :-)…

I was passing nearby

August 28th, 2011

I was passing nearby so I stopped to have a look how the Great Crested Grebe family were doing, however they were nowhere in sight, they may have been further up/down stream or perhaps out practising flying as they should be big enough by now.  Here is one of the last photos of all 5 that I have, the youngsters do look very small compared with their size when I last saw them…

I did see both Mute Swan parents and all four cygnets, they also look like they could fly now.  I was really pleased to see the Great Crested Grebe pair that lost there first clutch of eggs (probably to a Mink) and then relaid, are bringing up one youngster.  I do not know if more hatched but at least they have something to show for their breeding season.  I was also quite surprised how big the youngster was, but I suppose its longer than I think since I last visited ?

I think

August 12th, 2011

I think the following video, by 1Akbadass was taken this year (2011) at Silver Salmon Creek and shows the same family, mum and the 2 delinquents as I liked to call them (just for fun) because they were so playful and mischievous, that I photographed last year (see gallery).  So its good to know that all 3 survived the winter hibernation 🙂

Update on the

August 1st, 2011

Update on the GCG family, all 3 youngsters and both adults are doing fine but still keeping in the middle which is too far for photography.  The youngsters are getting quite big now 🙂

The other pair of GCG which I believe lost their first lot of eggs to what I believe was probably a Mink, have another nest with 3 eggs in it (from what I could see).  I am glad they are attempting to breed again but the female seemed very nervous when I wandered along the bank even though I didn’t get that near to her, so I will refrain from trying to photograph them as I think wildlife has a hard enough time as it is without me making things worse.

I also saw both Swan parents and all 4 Cygnets, so that also seems to heading for a happy ending.

Here is a piccy of one of the adults from a few weeks ago…

I went to see

July 20th, 2011

I went to see ‘my’ GCG family yesterday to see how they were getting on.  Both parents and all 3 chicks were in their usual place and too far away to photograph again, but all 3 chicks have grown and look very well looked after.  I would be surprised if all three chicks didn’t reach adult hood now 🙂  When I was there the Swan family came past (have I mentioned them before ?) with all 4 surviving cygnets getting very big 🙂  A fifth cygnet was lost very early on but I have no knowledge of why or how, but 4 cygnets is still quite good.

I had to go

July 6th, 2011

I had to go and have another look at the GCG family just to see if all was OK.  I found both parents in the normal place and again too far away to photograph, however I could only see 2 chicks.  Then the parents with chicks aboard mum, started going downstream towards town ?  I followed them for 3-4 hundred yards but they didn’t seem to want to stop and I wondered if this was the last time I would be able to find them, so  I wished them well ‘just in case’,  I also realised there were all THREE chicks aboard mum 🙂  so I went on my way to another place I wanted to visit feeling fairly confident as to their future.

I decided I would go back home via the GCG nest site and to my surprise both parents and all three chicks had made it back, but again too far away to photograph.  I think it may be at least a week (probably longer) before the chicks are big and brave enough to come close enough to photograph again.

I went to see

July 5th, 2011

I went to see the GCG family early this morning, however I didn’t take any photographs because there was so much weed that has come downstream  (I assume the weed is being cut for maintenance) that the Grebes had only a small area free to use and that was too far away for photographing them.  I also only saw what I assume was the female with 2 chicks on her back, I do not know where the male was or the other chick, hopefully there were around together nearby.  The chicks have grown quite a lot since I last saw them and I doubt whether mum could now get all three on her back, which is why I think the other one may be with dad somewhere nearby.

I certainly hope I do photograph the GCG family again, but realistically I am unsure if I will ever be able to get near enough to them with all that weed around, so here is the very last photo I have taken of them sofar…