29 November 2009
It's not often you get offered views of Pomarine Skua this good, so despite the terrible weather, I headed to Beachley (where?). It did stop raining for about 17 seconds. Decomposing sheep guts have never tasted so good!
28 November 2009
Is it ever going to stop bloody raining? After an unsuccessful Cornish diver trip I stopped at Topsham for this Spotted Sandpiper where it rained torrentially the whole time I was there. The bird showed amazingly well but my photo attempts were limited by the rain shielding ability of the bin liner that was protecting my camera! There's going to be some crackers of this bird if the sun ever comes out again. The seagulls are Mediterranean Gulls on the Carnsew at Hayle.
25 November 2009
With the almost total failure of anybody to turn up a live Leach's Petrel in Somerset during this stormy weather, this unfortunate individual ended up at the side of Cheddar Reservoir. Sadly, it's in almost feather perfect state and must have been there alive for a short while at least!
22 November 2009
There was this juvenile Shag at Cheddar Reservoir this afternoon. It was very active, feeding and flying about all over the place!
15 November 2009
This Great Grey Shrike was still present today above Westbury-sub-Mendip. I watched it catching Hornets and other insects - it's in exactly the same place as the Woodchat earlier in the year!
7 November 2009
A great day photographing and birding in the county. First the Glossy Ibis at Catcott (top), during which a Marsh Harrier flew over. Then down to Chard Reservoir for the excellent Red-throated Diver - yes, a long way for this species but well, well worth it! On the way home I popped into Greylake RSPB where I found this moulting drake Green-winged Teal just to prove you can bird and photograph at the same time.