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  • worth the 200 shots Paul as that's a beauty - and the bird ain't half bad either !

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • I found that with waders, if you are really patient, distant birds sooner or later make their way round to you. This little little ringed Plover was no more than 6-7 metres away. I photographed a bar tailed godwit this way. This didn't work though with a Temminicks Stint at Pilning a week ago where id did not move an inch in over 3 hours. It got too windy, I was tired and it was getting dark. I called it a day and it didn't turn up the next day. You win some and you loose some.

  •  I feared for this little Oyster catcher, it was just getting further and further away from his parent. Having saw one taken by a gull a few weeks ago. Apparently his brother was predated a few days ago to a grey heron. I am pleased to say he was reunited with his Mum.

  • Redstarts are so stunning, I find them hard to photograph. Their Black Eye can just appear as part of their black head and the eye not visible and it is so easy to over expose their white crown. Getting the balance right is tricky.

  • I just love flycatchers, they usually always have just caught a fly. They do a little bob and can look at you at times inquisitively. This is a Pied. If weather picks up tomorrow I am going to look for Spotted flycatchers.

  • Female Redstart. She didn't want to turn around and pose for me

  • A bakers dozen from a walk around Loxley and Rivelin Valley and Damflask.

    An alpaca in the fields, I think brought in to protect the lambs from foxes.

    Swan on an old deserted industrial pond.

    Damflask, running very low at the moment.

    Peacocks, not the famoues ones at Strines but close by.

    Rivelin valley.

    Canadian goose chick.

    Early morning rabbit, took a long clip of it eating as it always makes me smile.

    Bullfinch at the side of Damflask.

    Approaching Strines reservoir and the famous Boots Folly overlooking it.

    Sneaked this one in to make the bakers dozen. A huge cat person and I find them in the oddest places.

    Domestic geese (I think) on Damflask.

    Jay near Dales Dike. Always very evasive... well for me.

    Silhoutted Grebe on Damflask.

  • The Male Black-Headed Gull on the left was forcing himself onto the female in the middle and was trying to break up the pair. The 2 males had a fight, lots of noise and commotion and the intruder soon flew off.

  • Male Pied Flycatcher without jewellery.....

    I can understand why birds are ringed/tagged for the purpose of study and research of their habitats/movements/numbers, migratory patterns.......the lists goes on, this is all good news for the purposes and importance of conservation.

    But ......Why so many?

    I was talking to a forest warden where I was told that in his patch, over 100 bird boxes were put up and all had nesting birds and all the parents were ringed and the boxes regularily monitored and checked. The young at the right time would also be ringed. This to me just seems over the top and surely this causes some stress to the birds. Why not have a random selection of the boxes done? Say 25%. This is also what I am being told is happening in other locations?

    I recently saw a Dipper that had 3 rings, all different colours on both legs. Why 3, Surely this not necessary.