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Sunday, May 21, 2017

This weeks pictorial from a quite Regent's Park

Regent's Park 15th - 21st May

It has been quiet in the park, mind you I have been out in the outer park for much of the week looking for my furry friends.

Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars

I was unable to photograph the male White Wagtail as he was on area 9, Heron Island with one recently fledged juv and was to far away. The female Pied he was paired with was on area 7 with another juv, I am not sure how often this pairing occurs in the UK.

I can't believe that it is the 21st May and I still haven't recorded Common Tern in the park this year. This photo was taken in Richmond park this week where they have only got one pair on a tern raft, other birds pop in but move off.

The young from "Heron Nest 1" are very confident but still return to the nest when a parent flies in.

The loan chick"Heron Nest 2"is growing fast and uses the abundance of flies around the nest to practice how to strike, a skill he will need when he starts fishing.  

The female Red crested Pochards are still being pursued by the drakes.

This pair were sitting on eggs on Saturday morning but when I checked them on Sunday morning they had lost them. This is the second clutch they have lost this year.

The male Common Whitethroat from area 39, he takes a risk when he perches on top of nearby tall Lime trees. By this I mean he is vulnerable to a surprise strike by a Sparrowhawk.

It is hard to know how many chicks are in this nest as the hole is quite small and doesn't allow more than one chick at a time to come to the entrance.

This male Great spotted Woodpecker uses my parakeet and squirrel proof feeder. Having feeders that the parakeets aren't able to access makes for a much quieter garden but one where you can here our native songsters.

This pair of Blue Tits try to coax their brood out. 

The first recently fledged Stock Doves were in my garden today.

Crayfish was back on the menu for this gull this morning .

Fledglings need to be aware, Jay's and Magpie's plot where their nests are and may lie in wait when they fledge.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Norfolk 11th to 14th May 2017

Norfolk weekend with the lads.

The weather wasn't ideal but we did have some good sightings; Glossy Ibis, 7 Spoonbills, 3 Black-winged Stilts, 7 Dotterel, Wood Warbler and Savi's Warbler. There were plenty of other sightings but a disappointing number of waders and the species that we did see were very low in numbers. 

Below are some pictures from the trip not all are frame fillers, in fact most were very distant.

Black-winged Stilts on a new marsh

Distant Glossy Ibis on Hockwold Marsh, Lakenheath

There were 7 Spoonbills near Rush Hill Scrape

There were a couple of Turtle Dove's in RSPB's Titchwell Reserve car park

1 of 3 Cuckoo's seen a Tirchwell 

This Marsh Harrier flew really close  to the car while I was looking the other way in search of Dotterel. By the time I had picked up my camera it was moving away. 

2 of at least 30 Hobby's at RSPB's Lakenheath Fen

Common Tern

There are at least 10 pairs of Mediterranean Gulls nesting or hoping to nest at Titchwell

Grey Partridge and a farmland mammal trying to hide.

It's hard to go to Norfolk and not take a photo of one of these.

Little ringed Plover dwarfed by a pair of Mallards

Male and female Little ringed Plover

Ruff, one of only a handful that I saw this weekend, normally there are many more.

Common Sandpiper

This next batch of photos show a male Redshank approaching a female. He then went behind her and while calling excitedly began flapping his wings, the flapping got quicker the voice louder then after about 30 secondss he lifted off the ground like a jump jet, moved forward slowly he settled on her back and before you could blink he dropped of and she took off. Really amazing!

A Wood Warbler high in the canopy and really hard to photograph

Willow Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Cetti's Warbler

Reed Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler at Hickling NWT Reserve

Corn Bunting