Pectoral Sandpiper Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B [Continued]
20th July 2017:- Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B. Norfolk.
A Pectoral Sandpiper graced T'Well today, so i decided to go and see if i could get some shots with my new camera gear. I arrived in the afternoon and found the bird from the Island Hide. The conditions were not favourable as the weather was dull with some light rain at times, As rare birds mostly turn up in these conditions i thought it would be a good test to see what i could produce in the way of workable images.
I was pleased with the results -as the top 2 are very heavily cropped- as there is minimal grain and detail in the plumage is quite good. Not competition winning shots but ok for what we call record shots. I think with a bit of tweaking i may be able to improve my technique, however the last shot
-which is not cropped as much- is quite acceptable giving both distance from subject- main bank to front of freshmarsh -and size 8.5" I like these little yank waders they are always clean cut and a smart looking bird.
20th July:- Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Tried out my new camera and lens today, i have traded my old Nikon D7000+55-300mm lens for a Nikon D5300+70-300mm lens. This combination means fitting a FX lens on to a DX body, this increases the lens factor by 1.5 times, and gives me at the high end a 450mm lens. This coupled with the 24.2 million pixel CMOS sensor and increased ISO range -max 12800 -should allow me to get bigger images allowing me to get better quality shots for my photography, especially for the birds.
The above shot is of a collered dove walking across my neighbours roof.
Gaywood Valley 4th June 2017
I meet DG this morning and had a walk down to the Gaywood Valley area. We were hoping to see Cetti's Warbler that DG has seen earlier in the week. We heard the Cetti's however we were unlucky with a sighting, it was a lovely sunny morning, highlights being:- Little Egret, Male Bullfinch, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler -that started its song like a chaff- (photo top) and Chiff Chaff being seen.
Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B. 15th October 2016
I had a visit to Titchwell today, it was going to be an early start but this was delayed because the weather first thing was damp and misty. Around about midday it finally got out, so i drove to Titchwell in the improving weather. At Choseley i saw a kestrel and a corn bunting on the wires and there were lots of starlings feeding in the hedgerow. As i drove into the car park- at T"Well- i could see cars parked along the edge of the road, a full car park - as i expected - so i had a brief wait for a space. I walked around the fen trail and soon came across a group of birders watching the bushes, after a few minutes a Yellow-browed Warbler was seen and we had far views of the bird flitting through the branches. As the crowds appeared i walked towards the beach to look for waders that might be near the Island Hide. As i approached i could see that there was no birds to photograph as they were to distant, so i decided to go back for the yellow-browed warbler. I was by myself a first, however after a few minutes a crowd soon formed but this time the warbler came towards the path so we had some superb views as it was feeding and flitting through the outer branches of the trees. It was joined by passing long tailed tits, cettis warbler, blue tit and a chiff chaff which was easy to photograph as this came close as well. The shots of the YBW are not brilliant, however they are not bad as the hedgerow was shady and these birds are very quick as they flit through the branches after small insects.
Titchwell R.S.P.B. 29th Sept 2016.
A trip to Titchwell started with a walk towards the beach, on the way numerous dragonflies were hawking along the main path, this is where i managed to get the shot of a common darter which was resting for awhile.
From the beach we saw a few shorebirds, this included a nice grey plover which was showing its black arm pits as it flew past.
We seawatched for a good while seeing gannets, cormorants, gulls and a distant arctic skua dogfighting with a sandwich tern which did not give up its last meal.
On the way back the black-tailed godwit and the black-headed gull were in the channel next to the saltmarsh they were not disturbed by the camera shutter and carried on feeding as we passed by.
After some lunch we decided to go and have a look at Patsy's Pool, on the way I noticed a strange shaped aircraft in the sky, I took some shots, and from these I could see that i had photographed an Airbus A300-600ST Beluga- No1 of 5 i discovered from shots blown up- probably on its way to an Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany -from their factory's in the U.K. one at Filton near Bristol and the other at Broughton, North Wales where they produce wings and sections for Airbus aircraft- where they are finally assembled.
We reached Patsy's Pool and sat on a bench, from here we saw little grebe, little egret, and the normal ducks, geese and common waterbirds feeding and resting on the pool.
Choseley, Titchwell Marsh R.S.P.B and Flitcham Abbey Farm, Norfolk. 29th May 2016.
The weather today was disappointing for this time of the year, it was overcast, misty and the cold northerly wind made it very cool especially in the mornings. I decided to have a trip to Titchwell as its been awhile since my last visit. The journey was quiet for this time of the year, no doubt due to the unseasonable weather. On the way I stopped at Choseley hoping that the trip of Dotterel were still about. As i was looking for the Dotterel i noticed a pair of Red Legged Partridges feeding, taking no notice as i drove up beside them it enabled me to take some shots. I stopped at the bend in the road next, this is were i took the shots of the Whitethroat as he was dashing from hedge to hedge singing and displaying as he was trying to impress the local females.
The next stop was Titchwell, the car park again was quiet. I then walked the Fen Trail seeing Marsh Harrier and Cuckoo before reaching the nearest screen, here i saw the common species of ducks and geese, however 2 male Red Crested Pochard a sleep on the island was a good year tick.
I then continued down the bank to the island hide, i sat and watched Avocets, Redshank gulls and ducks, the swifts, swallows and martins were busy feeding over the freshmarsh so i decided to have a go at photographing them as they flew low over the water catching insects. A quick walk around the car park before leaving was rewarding, as a male Blackcap sang from a nearby tree.
On the way home i dropped into the bird hide at Abbey Farm Flitcham to try a catch the Little Owls, two people were already there and one birder - who came from Scotland- had been there for 2 hours without any luck. As we were waiting for them to show a Wren and the Marsh Harrier were the close encounters of the day.