Saturday, 18 March 2017

Stonechats on the Patch

I have been wandering around in all my usual areas seeing what's about, but this has been a quiet period from end of February to early March.

There are still a few Goosander about on the local rivers and pools and the Black headed gulls are noisily establishing their nesting sites. Light values for any type of photography have been appalling, but there is literally light on the horizon. The Spring is coming and we should all see a strange glow overhead called the Sun, I even spotted it myself the other day.

We have discovered a well worn trail through a reedbed and decided to place a trail camera there to see what was using it. This is the second time of trying at this location. First time a bramble strand fell in front of the camera and set the motion sensor off until the memory card was full. Over a 1000 bramble pictures!

This time, Storm Doris took its toll on false triggering of the camera as everything swayed about and debris blew past. There were a few decent pictures captured though.

Highlights were a pair of Barnacle Geese that appeared and hung around with the Canada geese.

This one was taken with my camera hand held. They were distant!

  These were Digiscoped

However, a first on the Moors for me were Stonechat's that Pete found while out walking. It started with three nice males and a female, later in the week
a fourth male appeared. They hung around for about a week in the same area but have now moved on.

Canon G3X - hand held. Very distant.