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17th August 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

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Not quite knowing what the weather was going to do today we had an  early morning walk to Eastville Park where we spent quite a bit of our walk sheltering from the rain. Of note we saw a grey heron on the lake and more than 40 house martins flying quite high over the lake.

DSC06596Grey heron on the lake at Eastville Park

At the weir we had a good view of a kingfisher but I was chatting to a fellow photographer and failed to get a photo.

On our return we grabbed some breakfast and then I escaped domestic chores and wandered over to Stoke Park to see if I could be any more successful.

The sun came out and I had a wonderful couple of hours photographing reed bunting, house martins and damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies. I also grabbed a photo of a green woodpecker and another grey heron. I also had another very good view of a kingfisher but again failed to get a shot as I was “chimping” at one of my dragonfly shots.

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13th August 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

 

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I couldn’t resist going back again this morning to see if I could get better shots of the whinchat. Thanks to Ali from Brixham who spotted it away from the reeds I was very pleased with the results. A very enjoyable hour. Not so many different types of birds this morning (mainly reed buntings) but that wasn’t my focus. A few butterflies too.

Chuffed again.

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12th August 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

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Encouraged by what I had seen in the park yesterday I went back this morning to see if I could see the whinchat that has been reported in recent days.

First of all in the marshy area I saw reed buntings again. In the same area I also saw goldfinch, common whitethroat, a bluetit and overhead a kestrel (which was almost impossible to photograph as it was against the light).

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Just as I was about to move on I caught sight of the whinchat. It’s not that rare but I was dead chuffed to see it. I stayed for a while but that was the only sighting.

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I did a loop of Duchess Pond and saw more goldfinches, a green woodpecker and moorhens, coots and mallards.

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There were also a few bedraggled butterflies.

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11th August 2019 – Stoke Park, Bristol

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We had a brief walk around Stoke Park and managed to dodge the showers.

We caught sight of 2 reed buntings and a whitethroat in the marshy area and saw the beautiful fly past of a grey heron at Duchess Pond.

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DSC05353I managed almost 90 in focus photos of this grey heron in its short flight across the pond –  the amazing technology of modern mirrorless cameras!

Yesterday the weather was even worse but the sun shone for a few minutes and I couldn’t resist photographing some insects in the garden.

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4th August 2019 – Cornwall

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We have been away on holiday on the North Cornwall coast for the past week. I didn’t get much opportunity for nature photos except on this day when we saw some lovely butterflies.

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My favourite butterflies were the Common Blues.

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