Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Pink-footed Geese over Holme Fen, Cambs

The front of a V-shaped flock of c100 that flew over my head at 10.30am on Sunday, while I was on Rough-legged Buzzard-watching duty. These are scarce birds locally (despite being really numerous in neighbouring Norfolk), so a passing skein of this size was a little bit special.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Rough-legged Buzzard at Holme Fen

Composite of distant hunting bird poses
Note Peterborough Cathedral in the distance
This Rough-legged was initially reported on the Great Fen website (after they saw it on 9th November) by a couple of local birders who are infamously tight-lipped about their birds, preferring not to actively engage with other birders. Luckily, someone spotted this and tipped me off on Friday 28th. But it was already three weeks since the sighting with nothing since. So, I wasn't exactly full of confidence when I went to check out the site on saturday 29th. However, within half an hour I had relocated it and the twitch was on with local birders coming over the weekend to watch a special bird and add it to their Peterborough area lists.
This is PBC tick number 241 for me and 182 in 2014. On sunday afternoon it came much closer, but I wasn't there to see it and photograph it... Perhaps next weekend?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

B/W Wigeon

Wigeon flap

Some Lynch Lake ducks (etc)

Gadwalls
Drake Wigeon
Gadwall
Gadwall
Moorhen
Wigeon
Wigeon
Lynch Lake, Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough, is a curiosity. It is easily the smallest of the three interconnected lakes at the park, but is always packed with birds. In the winter, wildfowl love it, especially dabbling ducks. And, though (or possibly because) it is small and its edge constantly walked by doggers and casual members of the public, the birds don't seem to care a hoot. Ducks such as Wigeon and Gadwall which can be painfully shy elsewhere are very approachable on Lynch. Hence, they lend themselves to a bit of photography...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Woodwalton Fen Marsh Harriers

Juvenile male
Adult male
Two adult males jostling for position in the roost
Green wing-tagged juvenile S1 or SI (black on green). According to the LROS site, this same bird was seen at Rutland Water in the first couple of weeks of September and was apparently ringed in North Norfolk on 14th June.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014