Monday, December 28, 2009

Lapwings on ice

What gorgeous birds Lapwings are – such shapes and colour (my favourite doodle), especially in the lovely midwinter sun.
Digiscoped on the little lake in the Hamptons, Peterborough, 28.12.09

Christmas Day Weedons

We went for a walk in the snow Old Sulehay Forest

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Digiscoped Roe Deer

I only see Roe Deer at most a half a dozen times during the average year around here. Today, I found a group of three near two more in the Langtoft area. The two scarpered early on but the three allowed me to approach surprisingly close through the snow – using a Miscanthus crop to mask my presence. On the way a little Weasel was hunting up and down the track, but I didn't have my big camera to photograph it, just my digiscoping kit.
In the end, one of the Roes took it upon itself to come and investigate me and approached closer than digiscoping range before realising I was a human and getting away as quick as it could...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Redwings & Fieldfares

There seemed to be a huge amount of Fieldfares and Redwings in the Deepings area (just north of Peterborough) today. Doubtless, the recent cold snap has brought masses over from the continent. I was able to pull up alongside a bunch in the West Deeping/Tallington area which were loyal to a particular patch of berry-rich hedge. The views were fantastic, but even more special, for me, was the sound. It was not just the expected 'seep' and 'pok-pok' of Redwings and 'chak-chak' and various whines from the Fieldfares, but also the sound of hundreds of wings up close and a constant murmuration from birds in sub-song all around like hundreds of chattering, singing Starlings (but without a Starling in sight or earshot).