Sunday, 15 March 2009

Today.... Well It Made Up For Yesterday!!!

Got to the Main Hide at 1:30 and before I even sat down my first Sand Martin flew past the window (Tick), After settling down for the afternoon We recorded (we being, everyone who came in and out while I was there)
Main Hide
3 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 4 GC Grebe, 6 Herring Gull, 5M 4F Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 2M 2F Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrow Hawk, 1M 1F Mallard, 4 C Crow, 1 Water Rail, Lesser Black Back Gull, 2 Dunnock
Dunnock 1/500 ISO 400 f/5.6 Shade WB

Southern Cut-Off- Spotted while testing Bins/Scopes
1 Marsh Tit, 1 Wren, A Few Reed Bunting, Teal, 2M 1F Mallard, 6M 4F Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Grea Tit, 1 Robin, 1F Woodpecker, 1M 1F Chaffinch

One the way home I wanted to try for the Ring Ouzel, Snow Bunting and Wheatear at St.Gothian as I failed on Saturday.
After walking for about 15min and seeing none of the species targeted I felt like Simon (Warden of Stiths if you didn't know), anyway after dipping, we met a local birder who pointed us in the direction of some Wheatear. So as the light was fading he set up his scope and within seconds was watching 2 Wheatear hopping up and down the bank. They were present for about 5min before being flushed by a dog. Being nearly pitched black we headed back to the car reflecting on a great days birding.
2 Moorhen, 7 Shellduck, 2 Wheatear, 15+ Wagtail, 4M 4F Mallard, Crow's, Gull's

With 3 Life Ticks this weekend and hopefully 2 this week after school (if we can find the Short Eared Owls and the Hen Harrier at Zennor)

Coming Up This Week:
Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier
Pic's With My new Canon 400mm f/5.6 L USM

Pied Wagtail 1/250 ISO 400 f/5.6 Daylight WB

Mallards 1/1000 ISO 400 f/5.6 Daylight WB
Sunset over St.Gothian (18-55 IS ) 1/1000 ISO 400 f/4 Daylight WB

Sunset over St.Gothian 1/1000 ISO400 f/4 Daylight WB


  1. Lovely shots Ashley - really, really like them! The sunset shots are very relaxing. Nice to see you and your mum today.

  2. Great Blog,Ashley.Like your Images alot.

  3. Great Photo's you are getting better all the time.Did you get your work experience sorted.

  4. The two sunsets and the Mallards are great images - well done

  5. No not yet (Work Experience). If I cant find anything down here, i will email my auntie and ask if there is anything in shropshire.
    I am hoping that my mum will let me work at an RSPB reserve in Wales (Lake Vyrnwy) But that depends on accomodation.

    Thanks Mike/Sam/John