19 - 20 May Woolson Eyes

21st May 2012
Saturday

I looked at the weather forecast on Friday night and I didn’t know what to do on Saturday morning anyway I deliberated that long that in the end it wasn’t worth going out with the camera.

So I sat watching the feeders in the garden and in flew a pair of Bullfinches. Unfortunately the door to the garden wasn’t open so from experience I know that as soon as I open it most of the birds fly off and I’m very lucky if they return quickly.

So I got the camera and took some photographs through the window, unfortunately the quality isn’t good but good enough to see what they are.


Male Bullfinch


Female Bullfinch

Not long afterwards three Redpoll flew in, they love to feast on the Niger Seed and the Sunflower Hearts. It is the first time I’ve seen them for a few weeks though.


Redpoll

We also get most of the common garden birds visiting the feeders and I also saw blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tail Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Robin, Dunnock, Magpie, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove and Starling. Later during the day I also one of the Reed Buntings that spent most of the winter in the garden.

Sunday Morning
On Sunday morning I visited Woolston Eyes, it was a bit overcast when I left the house but the light did improve during the morning.

Plenty of gulls from the screen by the Sybil Hogg Hide but then I trundled down to the Rotary Hide. I was pleasantly surprised to find three Black-necked Grebes on the pool in front of the hide.

Unfortunately they didn’t venture much closer than the centre of the pool so I fitted the teleconverter and took a few photos. They aren’t brilliant but the best I’ve managed of the Black-necked Grebes this season.


Black-necked Gebe


Black-necked Gebe

I also saw Little Grebe, Canada Geese with six young and a group of Shelduck chasing each other, as they do. I also could see Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler


Canada Goose Chicks


Shelduck

I then moved to the Centre Hide. I could see three Black-necked Grebes again in the centre of the pool and I did take a load of photos of them but the majority of them were destined for the trash!!


Black-necked Gebe

Looking at the photographs on my computer there is an obvious difference in the quality and I can only put it down to distance from the hide and the degree of cropping required, although the distance didn't appear significantly different.

I spent quite a bit of time photographing a coot and chicks, I’ve got to say how surprised I was when I saw my first Coot chick so one of the photos is shown below.


Coot & Chick

Gadwall, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull and Lapwing also came close to the hide. There appeared to be plenty of frisky birds about including a couple of Mallards.


Gay Mallards?

Am I imagining it or is the lower looking a bit bemused!

Andy

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