12-13 May 2012 - A Full Weekend

14th May 2012
After the lack of photography opportunities the previous weekend this weekend was full of them although not all to do with birds or nature.

After arriving at our hide on Saturday morning most of the common birds were swooping in to feed in no time, they included Goldfinch, Robin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit & Great Tit.


Greenfinch


Goldfinch

Yellowhammer followed soon after along with a pair of Pheasants that spent most of the morning on and off around the feeders.


Yellowhammer


Male Pheasant

Other birds I saw were Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Blackbird, Lapwing, Wood Pigeon & Swallow, I also heard a Skylark close by but I didn’t catch sight of it. I also saw Buzzard and Kestrel and the Buzzard came within 20 – 30 yard of the hide and probably no higher than about 20ft; unfortunately it was off to the side so I couldn’t get the lens pointing it at it to take a photograph.

On Sunday morning something totally different and a chance to try some sport photography. It is an absolute age since I did any sports photography, probably in the region of thirty years. My wifes'' nephew was playing in the Under 14’s NW Counties cup for Rylands Sharks against Thatto Heath and his mum asked if I could go and take some photos.


Bursting through


A text book tackle

It did take a while to get back into it but I was quite pleased with some of the photos.

While I was there I also bumped into Les and Marion Slater who I haven’t seen for 30 years, isn’t it funny how you can recognise someone after all that time! Our daughters were members of Gymnastics clubs in Warrington and Liverpool when we met originally. It is a small world.


Les, Marion & Grandson

In the afternoon it was my mother in laws 90th birthday party and I was asked to record the event with plenty of photographs, which I duly did. I suppose they mainly fall into the snapshot category but I was quite pleased with the photos and I’m hoping the family will also be. I’ve got to say I didn’t pay much attention to what was lurking in the background so consequently ended up with washing lines and trees growing out of peoples’ heads. I’ve got to say I committed all the sins of bad photography, I think I’ll blame the glasses of wine!!


A trio of young ladies


"Big Nan" & one of her many grandchildren

Sightings from Woolston Eyes over the weekend included:

2 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warblers and 2 Kingfishers.

Andy

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