28th August 2022 – WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

With an early visit to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s reserve at Slimbridge we missed the Bank Holiday crowds and traffic. With the extended period of dry weather much of the wetlands were very dry but there was plenty enough to keep us occupied throughout the morning.

The highlights were ruff, greenshank, common and spotted redshank, avocet, lapwings and black-tailed godwits. We were so surprised by the dry conditions towards the estuary that we completely missed the common cranes which everyone else managed to see!






Spotted. redshank


Greylag geese

Black-tailed godwits

Slideshow of this morning’s photos


19th August 2022 – Trimingham, Norfolk

We made an early visit to see some very rare (for this country) European bee eaters at Trimingham, near Cromer in Norfolk. The forecast was good but it was very dismal when we arrived at 7:30 a.m.

European bee eaters

I managed to get some shots in poor light and had to make do with that because by 9:00 a.m rain set in. So much for modern weather forecasting!

Bee eater with breakfast

Bee eaters

Bee eater with goldfinches

Bee eater with linnet

Bee eater with starlings

You can read all about these bee eaters on the RSPB web page and even see some decent photos of them.

Slideshow of this morning’s photos:


18th August 2022 – Norfolk

A little of the beauty of North Norfolk at Cley and Salthouse Marshes.

Salthouse Marsh


One of the swallows with which we shared a hide!
Specked Wood butterfly
Avocet and green sandpiper
Pectoral sandpiper?
A charm of goldfinches
Greylag goose and ruff
Little ringed plover (at some distance)
Black-tailed godwits

… and so much more.


13th August 2022 – RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Lovely to be back in Norfolk (and seeing some birds again!).

A few photos from RSPB Titchwell Marsh where we stopped near the end of our long hot journey from Bristol.

The RSPB’s motif – an avocet

One of my favourite birds – a common ringed plover

Sleeping ruff and a more active lapwing

The iridescent colours of the lapwing are stunning

A reed bunting catching the sun in the reeds

Black-tailed godwit not quite in full splendour

Greylag geese in flight

A Red Admiral representing the butterflies

Slideshow of my photos from this afternoon:


1st August 2022 – Duchess Pond, Stoke Park, Bristol

The sun brought out the damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies at Duchess Pond in Stoke Park this morning. A few birds too. Too hot to hang around though.

Painted Lady

Common Blue

Holly Blue

Speckled Wood


Brimstone on the way home

Common Darter

Emperor dragonfly

Red eyed damselfly

Chiffchaff (I think)

Grey heron


Slideshow of my photos from this morning