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March 2008

Whooper Swan (c) James Packer 2008

Little Egret (c) James Packer 2008

Little Egret (c) James Packer 2008

31 March 2008

This Whooper Swan (top) has been present on Tealham Moor for a few days, and these Little Egrets showed well here. Shame the light was behind them, but compare the Little Egrets with the Cattle Egrets below and see that they really are very different in appearance.

Cattle Egret (c) James Packer 2008

Cattle Egret (c) James Packer 2008

Cattle Egret (c) James Packer 2008

26 March 2008

Some more Cattle Egrets which were kindly flushed right to the back of the adjacent field by some numpty birder who promptly got out the car and set up his scope. Plonker.

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Red-necked Grebe (c) James Packer 2008

24 March 2008

Mega views of the Cheddar Reservoir Bonaparte's Gull again today (top two) and the Red-necked Grebe showed half decent too! It's just so much easier when it's not minus 20 degrees, blowing a hurricane and snowing!

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Bonaparte's Gull (c) James Packer 2008

22 March 2008

My saying that "it's always worth walking round Cheddar Reservoir whatever the weather" proved very true today when this first winter Bonaparte's Gull flew past my nose. It continued to show well all afternoon along with all the usuals.

Ring-billed Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Ring-billed Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Ring-billed Gull (c) James Packer 2008

Ring-billed Gull (c) James Packer 2008

20 March 2008

This Ring-billed Gull at Lamby Lake in Cardiff showed well enough today for a few snaps (justifiably pi**ing AMS off in the process - my sympathies). The 40D not yet failing to impress in poor light and a strong wind.

Goldfinch (c) James Packer 2008

17 March 2008

Amazing what difference a day can make. Brean Down was just hopeless this morning, all the Chiffchaffs had gone, and only a couple of Wheatear. A flock of Goldfinch have been present in the caravan park for a while, and today they didn't all fly off when I stopped the car!

Chiffchaff (c) James Packer 2008

Wheatear (c) James Packer 2008

Rock Pipit (c) James Packer 2008

16 March 2008

The first spring migrants today. There has been a large fall of Chiffchaff at Brean (top) - they seemed to be everywhere and up to six in one bush with many tens along the short track to Brean Down Farm. Also several Wheatear (middle) were in the cove as well as the usual resident Rock Pipit (lower).

9 March 2008

Here's a lesson for us all - if you go to see someone else's find, make sure you can identify it for yourself! I went to see the 'Bean Goose' on Chilton Moor last weekend and the views were awful. A silhoutte of a goose that nobody could possibly identify, hence I went again today and the bird was in the same place, and similarly crap views. The only way to properly ID it was to drive round to the opposite side of the bird where the light was far better. And yep, you've guessed it - it was a Pink-footed Goose (top photo). Tut, tut to those of you who saw it during the week and enthusiastically broadcast the news as Bean Goose still present (and yes, we've all done it!).

Those of you who've seen the Great White Egret at Shapwick will realise just how far away the middle photo was taken, and just to prove it the lower one is the unedited image, which was taken with 400mm plus 1.4 teleconverter plus the Canon crop!

 

 

 
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