Monday, 30 September 2013

Back at The Chase

Spent a few hours at Dagenham Chase this morning, best birds were two Kestrels, two Sparrowhawk and a flyover Common Buzzard.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Red Letter Day At The Chase!

That should read, 'Red Kite Day' really. At 08.15 a Red Kite flew fairly low over Bardag Lake heading south. It was continually mobbed by gulls, with more continually joining the frey and successfully ensuring it continued on it's way, which was a shame! This was my first sighting of Red Kite at The Chase.....whooopee!

A good roving flock of tits, included at least 5 Chiffchaff with 20+ Long-tailed Tits in the majority.

One of at least 20 roving bumbarrels at The Chase this morning

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Early Morning Chase!

Spent the first four hours of daylight for the last two days at Dagenham Chase. Still a few warblers around with at least 10 Chiffchaff today, 4 Blackcaps and a Lesser Whitethroat yesterday and two singing Cetti's Warblers both days. Yesterday there were 8 Wigeon on The Slack, my first returning birds and a reminder that winter is only just around the corner! A Sparrowhawk flushed 8 Snipe from The Slack yesterday, with four feeding in the open today. Three Little Egrets on the scrape today along with six Grey Herons.
I didn't do that, was a horse!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

New Garden Fence Attracts Hawker

We have had up to five Migrant Hawkers feeding over our garden in recent weeks, but this female was the first to settle on our new fence, which was erected this week. More Migrant Hawker information here

Our garden is very much a work in progress, before and now images below.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

West Canvey Marsh Scores Again!

An excellent find this morning by James Lowen, had me hot-footing once again to the RSPB's West Canvey Marsh. James had found a Lesser Yellowlegs feeding along the muddy edges of the reservoir, a cracking juvenile bird.
The top image gives an idea of the distance to the bird from Kesterman's Viewpoint (easterly roadside hide). The next two are heavily cropped record shots.

The following four images are all phonescopped record shots, with some cropping.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The magic of digital photography!

The original image

And after a little cloning and a slightly tighter crop - whoosh the poo has gone and the shrike dominates the image.

A few phone scoped images of yesterday's shrike

Taken with an iPhone 4s /Swarovski  ATS 80 HD 20-60x Zoom using the very simple but effective Kowa TSN-IP4S photo adapter.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Whatever Bowers can do, West Canvey can do better!

Wow a second juvenile Red-backed Shrike for the RSPB's South Essex Marshes Reserves. This time on West Canvey Marsh. I thought the one on Bowers performed well............well this one beats it!

Also had a fly over Spoonbill, and judging by the amount of black in it's wing, an immature bird, nice!

Clearly two different individuals, today's Canvey bird is on the left, last weeks Bowers bird on the right.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Just One More.....

This was an image I took yesterday with my DSLR rather than my iPhone and thanks to Dave Cornwell for his magic touch, I am quite pleased with this :-)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Red-backed Shrike @ Bowers Marsh

Went early this morning to Bowers Marsh RSPB Reserve, in the hope that the juvenile Red-backed Shrike found yesterday afternoon by Tim Bourne would still be around. Hoorah, it was, and it showed very well in the short hedgerow just south-west of Don's Marsh. Images below were phone scoped, with an iPhone/Swarovski ATS 80. Appologies for uploading so many, but I was particularly pleased with the close-ups!

 Also had a juvenile Little Stint out in the middle of the saline lagoon, just to far to phonescope.

Yesterday, I received a phone call from Steve Drake, with news that Vince Halle-Frame had found a Spotted Crake on 'The Slack' at Dagenham Chase. A very showy bird, until a Water Rail took a dislike to it and ruffed it up a bit! It became a bit more elusive after that, can't blame it, as it is quite smaller. With A supporting cast at the Chase of, immature Garganey, 2 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, Water Rail and Common Sandpiper. It's been a good weekend!