In reply to Paul Cousins:
A few pics of a local Red Kite.
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In reply to Catlady:
Lynn L said:Cracking Bob, does the bird in the last 3 (not the very last photo) have a tracker fitted?
Actually it should have said "A few pics of a local Red Kite"- now edited. They are all the same bird and you are correct, the bird is fitted with a satellite tracker and is less visible than the huge wing tags that have been fitted in the past. I guess they are interested in how far they roam up the valley - sadly at the head of the valley are the Pennines and a driven Grouse Moor.
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Two's company and three's a crowd ........... at one stage our daily mallard visitors were joined by another pair who were instantly seen off by the resident drake. It was mayhem for an hour as chasing ensued, ducks flew off, returned and battled ending up with only one female returning and two drakes who were chasing her all over the garden ! I lost track of who was who at this stage but took some very quick record shots of three of them......
First it was the two drakes chasing the frantically quacking female ......................
then the female gave one of the drakes an earful and chased it away !!
then the two drakes had a set to ........................
the "loser" checked his undercarriage for holes LOL
whilst the female just ignored them both and started eating
They went up to the roof three times ......................... then just one pair were there .....
There's never a dull moment in this garden ha ha !
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This is from a few days ago and one of the better Kingfisher sightings I've had in recent months. I still see them regularly but it won't be until June/July and the fledglings appear before the locals show close in on a daily basis.
I thought he had caught a newt at the time, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a dragonfly larva (and a bit of weed that looked like the newt's tail). Really unfortunate for the larva, as I assume it had moved into the shallows ready to climb out and change!
If I can't get a photo of a Chiffchaff this year, I did get one of my first Blackcap. Also saw my first Willow Warbler on Sunday, so the warbler numbers are definitely on the up. Still waiting for Whitethroat, Reed and Sedge but it shouldn't be long.
Lovely to see the LRP's have returned too, this is one of two that appeared the other day.
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