Month: July 2016
29th July 2016 New Passage and Eastville Park
Tried birdwatching at New Passage but driven back by the rain. Only achieved one photo – a greenfinch (only 1.7 million breeding pairs in UK!) There was plenty of drama though later in Eastville Park with Black-headed Gull trying to snatch Moorhen chick – the chick survived. The resident Grey Heron watched all the action…
19th – 26th July Bergerac, France
A week’s holiday in Bergerac in the Dordogne Valley in France gave little opportunity for nature photos, especially as I was restricted to a “tourist” camera and lenses. However; I wasn’t going to waste any opportunities and captured the Black Redstart in the garden, Pied Wagtails on the river and a few butterflies,damselflies and dragonflies.…
9th July 2016 Ham Wall
Ham Wall Somerset Levels The highlights of this trip were juvenile Marsh Harriers, Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret and Great Crested Grebes.
6th July 2016 Eastville Park
Giant hogwood, nettles in flower, wild raspberries in fruit, blackberries forming, Indian Balsam and lots of other interesting flora. Damselflies (Beautiful Demoiselle mainly). Two sightings of Kingfisher. More ducklings on the lake and lots of interesting colours of the Mallards moulting. Thanks to Nigel for pointing out the hook feather on the drake. Grey Heron…
3rd July 2016 – Chew Valley
Folly Farm Chew Valley No photographs of birds at all – in fact didn’t even see many birds. However, some butterflies and other insects to challenge my photographic skills. My favourite was the Six-spot Burnet, a day-flying moth.
2nd July 2016 – Slimbridge
WWT Slimbridge – Slimbridge Wetlands Centre I used to be very bored when I went to Slimbridge as a kid. How views can change! I still have some reservation about the birds in captivity but do recognise how important all of this is. Highlights were the Avocets, Ruff and Redshank in their own pen (safe…