Saturday, December 30, 2006

Knot





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On January 1 of the last couple of years, I have started my birding at Baston Fen, Lincs. For 2007 I was plotting the same, but needed to check it out to see what was there. Floods was the answer when I arrived this morning (30.12.06) and it was not looking at all promising. However, just when I was thinking it would be a waste of time, a spring of Teal came whizzing past, with a Knot in tow. Then they whizzed off. Luckily, a few minutes later the Knot returned, landed and sat around doing not much. It allowed a reasonably close approach and I got some rather pleasing shots. Enjoy!

Friday, December 29, 2006

180


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This superb Red-throated Diver was found by Vin Fleming on 27.12.06 on the Lake at Deeping Lakes LWT. It only stayed for one day and was only seen by a few locals, but it was a much finer specimen than the freaky-billed bird on the Nene in 2006, which was my only other RtD in the PBC area. After a fine week of PBC year ticks, when I also added White-fronted Goose, Bittern, Long-tailed Duck, Grey Plover, Common Scoter and Sanderling to my annual list, my PBC area year list now stands at 180, my second-best ever (after 2003, when I scored 182 [or 184 in new money]). Just two days to go, what's next... ?

Kite and harrier


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The UK's first Black-eared Kite has moved to the raptor-dense Blakeney Freshmarsh and nearby Cley area, north Norfolk. I went up there yesterday (28.12.06) with Kevin Durose, but the kite was always about 400m or more away. It spent a large amount of time sitting on this bush with a full crop, occasionally being mobbed by Marsh Harriers (as here). Interestingly, though, later in the day it was sat in a field with three Marsh Harriers also down, no more than a couple of yards from it.

Red in tooth and claw

On Boxing Day, I went up to Baston and Langtoft pits. I parked at the ARC pit and climbing over the low fence saw 15m from me a Stoat attackign a Rabbit. The action had obviously been going on some time as the Rabbit was severely wounded over the back of its head and had lost control of its body, was rather weak and twitchy. I took some shots and watched the amazing (though slightly disturbing) action of a tiny Stoat trying to overcome, by persistence, its massive prey. I even took some video (see below), but BE WARNED, it is not for the squeamish and is a tad gruseome. If you find the photos of the blood-stained Stoat offensive, do NOT watch the video!



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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Moorhen grazing


One of several Moorhens grazing in the frozen grass by the visitor centre near Overton Lake, Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Loony fun


Now you see it...

...now you don't!

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Sparras






Our garden, Peterborough, Cambs, 17.12.06
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Robin with sloes


Woodwalton Fen, 9.12.06
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Sunday, December 03, 2006

High Bank Scaup



First-winter Scaup, Deeping High Bank, 3.12.06
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Goldie



Goldfinch on Burdock, Deeping Lakes LNR, 2.12.06
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