Often we don't have enough photos to create a full thread so thought I'd start an Odds & Sods thread where you may want to add a pic or two when you don't have enough for their own thread . Feel free to add your rogues gallery here !
I only had a couple of pics today, one a Treecreeper and the other a very hacked off looking Great Egret huddled against the reeds trying to keep warm !
Caught red handed - or winged in this case.
I've taken to whizzing peanuts around in a coffee grinder to break up the large nuts into smaller pieces. It is a black art whizzing sufficiently to break up the nuts but not so much as to turn the nuts into dust.
The small birds love the little pieces. However, every now and again the feeder I have the broken nuts in gets depleted dramatically. I had my suspicions: Magpies? Wood Pigeons? Jays? All of above?
This morning, three Magpies furnished me with the proof.
Firstly, these (scrawny) chaps on the main feeder do not worry me.
But this fella is naughty. It shouldn't be depleting the feeder of peanut bits.
I feel a slight modification to the design is called for. The anti-squirrel dome has thwarted all squirrels. However, it does offer Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Jays etc a platform to stand on.
Raise the feeders to stop them, and the Wood Pigeons stand on top of the feeders to gorge themselves on seeds from the top feeder - and scare off all other birds.
Raise the top feeder, and it becomes difficult for me to refill it.
Stick the seed feeders out on arms, simply allows the Wood pigeons to land on the arms and gorge off the main feeder - even with anti pigeon spikes.
Thinking cap on, me thinks.
Great set of photos Nigel and good to see the winter thrushes arriving back; hopefully their numbers will pick up as we head further into Nov/Dec. The Redwings are such pretty birds and always look forward to their return, makes up for the Warblers I miss at this time of year. Dippers are hard to get good photos of as they lurk in the shady banks so you've done well to get such nice photos of them.
see you on the other side !! can't wait to see the new layout and improvements - hopefully much easier to navigate with a few extra bells and whistles if we are lucky.
Very nice Nige, still not seen a Redwing or Fieldfare.
Lovely photos Nige, hopefully we will all meet up again on the other side, but when?! lol
Every time I've been out recently, I keep hanging forlornly around hawthorn bushes. Finally got what I kept glimpsing but couldn't catch on camera.
Still very skittish.
Just need one of their larger cousins now!
Also one of the two local Dipper pairs I know of in the city
There must be something under there
I can see you...
It may not look it but it really was exceptionally dark down there - I was on ISO 3200 at one point!
The brook is only a few inches deep in most places but I also spotted three big trout heading upstream so it must be reasonably clean
If I don't get on again before the 8th, see you on the other side
Lynn L said:I am guessing the woodcock you came across when driving, flew safely away from you Paul?
It flew over quite high above the road and disappeared into the trees. :-)
She/He certainly was giving you his best side Angus, they are lovely woolly creatures.
I am guessing the woodcock you came across when driving, flew safely away from you Paul?
A quick grab at a Red Grouse as we crossed the moors.
We took a trip over to Aberlady yesterday. Walking along the path we put up a Woodcock, the first one I’m 100% certain of seeing in all my years of bird watching. Driving in to work this morning and a Woodcock flew over the road in front of the car. It’s a funny old world.!! :-)
The aircraft is on its final approach to Heathrow, heading east. The aircraft follow the M4 on their glide path, you can often see them stacked up as you drive west. They are very noticeable when they have their landing lights on. The Cormorants joined in on this particular day.
There is an Alpaca farm just north of the Fleet Hill farm part of the Eversley quarry restoration. The Alpaca farm is normally obscured from the footpath by tree leaves. When autumn arrives, we get to see these.
This one wanted me to capture its best side
400mm on full frame and I overspilled the frame Nige.
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