20 May 16 Woolston Eyes NR- Since the Last Time

20th May 2016
Seeing as the last time I put pen to paper so to speak is over six months ago, it's about time I actually did something about it.

It's not that I haven't been out or taken any photographs because I have, I think work was demanding and I just needed to rest in my spare time.

So a few weeks back I retired from work after nearly 46 years in more or less the same place, it had changed names a few times and I'd risen up the ranks but it was time to go and so I have!

Since then I've been thinking about starting the blog again but couldn't make my mind up about whether I should continue from where I finished or start afresh.

After due consideration I've decided to include photos that I've taken during the last six months to date and hopefully as I do feel more refreshed now I'll maintain a better account of visits to Woolston Eyes and other places in the future!

10 October 15


Pied Wagtail


Moorhen


Greylag Geese


Greylag Geese


Grey Heron

21 November 15


Shelduck


Teal

17 January 16

From the photos it looks like it had been a cold day!



I can't believe it, I must have walked and as there aren't any bird photos I obviously didn't take the big lens, which would make it easier to walk!



Not only had I walked but nobody had crossed the footbridge before me, another first!



I just though the tree looked nice.



Winter Berries

30 January 16

I think this must have been another cold day as there aren't any photos of birds on the water, so I'm assuming it was frozen. Hence photos of the birds on and around the feeders by the John Morgan Hide.


Brambling


Brambling


Greenfinch


Greenfinch


Long-tailed tit


Magpie

12 March 16

Looking back at the photos I had taken I think I'd decided to try and take photos of birds in action, although there is always the exception to the rule!


Moorhen on the run


Shelduck coming in to splashdown


Shelduck impersonating the Red Arrows


Black-headed Gull coming in to land


Mallard

Some of the flora


Snowdrops


Snowdrops


Daffodil

20 March 16

It looks like a day of Geese and Gulls with the odd duck and a bit of flora thrown in just for good measure.


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Black-headed Gull


Coot


Lesser black-backed Gull


Lesser black-backed Gull


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Gadwall


Greylag Goose





04 April 16


Chiffchaff


Gadwall


Little Grebe - surely it can't be doing the "goose step"


Tufted duck


Lapwing


Lesser black-backed gull

10 April 16

Obviously not much action on this day!!



I thought the tree looked nice against the blue sky

13 April 16


Chiffchaff - catching a fly



The view from the south viewing screen, a misty start to the day.


Crow


Robin - who is viewing who?


Juvenile Gull


Greylag Goose


Black-necked Grebe

A pair looking resplendent in the golden reflection of the reeds, it would have been a nice photograph if they had been just that bit closer! Always moaning!!

16 April 16


Chiffchaff


Lesser black-backed Gull


Black-necked grebe


Pied Wagtail


Mallard and chicks


Mallard chicks

20 April 16

I think the spring migration and the hatching season had started in earnest.


Little Gull


Little Gull


Lapwing

23 April 16


Little Gull


Black-headed Gull - taking a dislike to a shelduck!


Little Gull

25 April 16

A day of gulls and chicks.


Black-headed gulls put up by a Buzzard or Harrier


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Shelduck


Lesser Black-bached and Black-headed Gulls


Juvenile Gull


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose

26 April 16


Juvenile Gull in flight


Little Gull


Little Gull


Little Gull

Shows the distinctive dark W on the wings when in flight


Gadwall splashdown


Greylag in flight

03 May 16

Plenty of chicks again.


Greylag Goose


Coot with nesting material


Coot on the run


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Grey Heron

05 May 16

Some of the flora on No3 Bed.


Cowslips on the north meadow


Bluebells


Bluebells

07 May 16


Whitethroat


Magpie


Greylag Goose


Greylag Goose


Cowslip


Pheasant

12 May 16

A day when I was in attendance for the appearance of a Marsh Harrier


Wren


Great crested grebe


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard


Whitethroat

A series of Marsh harrier photographs that was too far away for good photography, if only it was closer! Just for information, the photographs were taken with Canon 7D Mk11, 500mm f4.0 Mk11 lens and 1.4 extender, equivalent to an 1120mm lens on a full frame camera. Very heavy cropping was also required!















14 May 16


Pink footed Goose

19 May 16

It looks like it was a Pochard day but I'll start with the Mallard!


Mallard and ducklings


Mallard Duckling


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard


Pochard

Well if you've made it this far I'm really surprised but extremely pleased!

thanks for looking.

Andy

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