Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
First light this morning, I was in the hide at Cresswell, two hours later I left having seen very little!
The Pink-footed Goose flock was just north of Druridge and that was all I saw, no other geese.
Chevington south pool was frozen but the north pool is open and that's where all the birds are, including a Smew.
While here a Diver (sp) came in from the sea and circled the north pool and then did the same over the country park where I lost sight of it, so thinking it may have landed I went to have a look. And I wish I hadn't bothered, it was soooo quiet. I’d had enough by then, homeward bound.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
At last a rest day where I wasn’t working, or travelling, or drinking or suffering from the dreaded Norovirus bug!
It seems that, this year, everyone is doing some sort of challenge. So not to be out done and left out, I did my own today. It’s TTCEGNMTOHYFI, that’s the Take The Car Everywhere and Go No More Than One Hundred Yards From It challenge!
It has a very simple scoring system, today’s score was 4
It means nothing, it’s just a random number.
I started this morning nice and early on the causeway at Holy Island, an excellent place for this kind of challenge, as you don’t even have to get out of the car.
The car temperature gauge said it was –6 degrees as I left the house, steadily warming up during the day to +2 degrees. I felt cold only once, during a very nice sunrise…
ice floe’s on the road
From the car…
Further down the road on the way back, both Kestrel and Merlin were seen
the Merlin had been as close as the Kestrel was to the road, but my mode of travel spooked it down the hedge a bit
Budle Bay was surprisingly quiet, but Stag Rocks was canny. A Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Fulmar, 40ish Common Scoter and 20ish Long-tailed Duck
but just one Purple Sandpiper.
Approaching Seahouses, this beauty stopped me in my tracks…
Eventually I end up at Cresswell, just as some bloke in a bright red coat gets out of his car to try and photograph the Pink-footed Goose flock, which was right next to the road. Needless to say most of the flock moved into the middle of the field, he then flushed the rest when he pulled up behind Ian’s car and got his telescope out to look at the birds; the dipstick was a birder!!!
Fortunately a small group close to my car didn’t flush…
and so, at the end of the birding day, I had seen 73 species
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
So, that was Thailand.
Almost all of the preceding images were taken hand held at a high ISO and a slow shutter speed, so some of them are a little bit soft!
We, Andy, Bob, Muriel, Tom and me were guided through our adventure by Nick Upton of thaibirding.com
We visited the Pak Thale and surrounding area, the superb Kaeng Krachan National Park and then after an internal flight North to Chiang Mia, we went to Doi Inthanon, Doi Ang Kang and Doi Lang
A great trip with good friends and an excellent guide.
I might have to go back, there is still plenty to see…