Sunday evening Pete and I went to see if the Barn Owl would put in an appearance. It did! We watched it exit with a small rodent in its talons, and didn't see it again. Typical, took the scope too.
Monday I walked to a local pool where Pete was fishing. Unfortunately, he had left before I arrived. I still had a wander about. Managed a picture of a young Swallow being fed.
|Sunset, Pooley Mound|
Saturday. Knowing I can't go birding on Sunday, I decided to venture further afield on Saturday. I nearly didn't bother as it rained heavily through the night and was still raining at 7.30am. It stopped about 8.15am, but the forecast was for heavy showers most of the day. I decided to chance it and headed to Blithfield.
It paid off. A tiny bit of drizzle on arrival, then it stayed dry for the rest of the morning. In fact, I stayed longer than anticipated and made the most of it.
I few year ticks made it more than worth while. Green Sandpiper, Ruddy Shelduck and a Spotted Flycatcher. Talking to a few birders at Blithfield today, it was their first Spot Fly of the year too.
The Ruddy Shelduck was too distant, sun behind it, glare on water, all these factors prevented a reasonable picture. The Spotted Flycatcher had ideas other than having its picture taken. It was very mobile and not returning to a specific perch like they usually do. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable few hours birding. I really should visit Blithfield more.
|Couldn't even estimate distance. Opposite side of Tad Bay. The orange smudge is a Ruddy Shelduck.|
|Oystercatchers. Very distant. Phonescoped.|
|A few Blithfield moments.|
Apart from the Little Ringed Plover above, the rest were between 100 - 300 yards in distance.
There were plenty of Little Ringed Plover about today. In excess of 30 I would say. All the pictures taken today were through the scope using my iPhone. Probably best shot of the day was the one below.
|Little Ringed Plover IPhone 4S|