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.
Grey 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.
Female reed bunting
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.
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).
Reed bunting in flight
Aggressive reed bunting
Common whitethroat in flight
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.
I did a loop of Duchess Pond and saw more goldfinches, a green woodpecker and moorhens, coots and mallards.
Green woodpecker in flight
Coot putting its chick in place
There were also a few bedraggled butterflies.
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.
I 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.
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.
Some of the beautiful scenery in North Cornwall
My favourite butterflies were the Common Blues.
Female Common Blue
Male Common Blue
Male Red Admiral
Female Red Admiral