30 Jun 2012

ELMLEY TRIP


Trip to Sheppey Thursday 28th very hot and humid, distinct lack of birdlife and significant by their absence, would have expected to see by now Swallows in abundance, but this was not the case save a couple of pair trying hard to make home in the ladies and gents toilets.

Fringing a large field close to the farm a swayth of plough around the perimeter has been sown with seed bearing plants for cover and future food for birds, well done rspb but the young growth is a significant attraction to the Brown Hares of which I counted five.

Nothing in the way of heart stopping observations were made, perhaps the best was a close encounter with a Peregrine Falcon whilst enroute to the main road, too quick for the camera, alas. Four sightings of Marsh Harrier quartering the dykes, seven sightings of Yellow Wagtails and on the Wellmarsh scrape a family of Shelduck, Tufted Duck with five young,  BH gulls in profusion which just about concludes my visit. See pics below.

29 Jun 2012

Black Headed Gull


Black Headed Gull he might be but is browned off hatching eggs in thursdays
humidity, he or she seemed to be panting.

Brown Hare





Two Pictures of young Shelduck


Taken at RSPB Elmley.

26 Jun 2012

Avocets


Difficult to get a decent shot at Elmley, very few are present at Wellmarsh
and those that are resident are hidden by weed growth on the islands, but this is
one I did manage to capture.


21 Jun 2012

Down in the mouth at Elmley.


Disappointing trip to Elmley Yesterday 20-6 uneventful on drive to the farm then on to the Wellmarsh car park first impressions were, after entering the hide were, hundreds of nesting BH Gulls which have obviously taken over the site, other birds were 3 Tufted Duck 4 Avocets, 2 Oystercatchers couple of Mallard and that was it spanning two hours. The islands were completely covered with growth eighteen inches high which has hidden most of the nesting birds making observation almost an impossibility, and, as per other years there are a lack of Barley Straw Bales which combats the algae.

Thoroughly  vexed, I decided to slow drive it to the main road, which, by comparison with the last two hours held real possibilities, first confrontation were a couple of quartering Marsh Harrier followed by a beautifully bright Yellow Wagtail dispatching a Dragonfly, followed by numerous sightings of Reed Bunting, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Lapwing with young and the cherry on the cake was a pair of Avocet and four newly hatched young on the road between Kings Hill Farm and the main road, have never encountered Avocets nesting this area, probably because the Wellmarsh Islands are over occupied, the parents were trying to herd the young off the road which took 15 minutes, that, gave rise to a few pictures being taken.

What we eventually observed  appeased the day. 

Very young Lapwing.

Avocet new hatchling

Meadow Pipit

Skylark

Yellow Wag and two Oystercatchers.

Save Water bath with a friend


I missed the shot but in the next moment the Blackbird pecked the Sparrow obviously species prejudiced.

19 Jun 2012

8 Jun 2012

7 Jun 2012

Cateract Op

Cataract op yesterday, took of the pad today had double vision, was assured that this is a common reaction and will correct itself, hope so otherwise I will be registering myself as partially sighted, one more eye to go, Gulp !!!!!

3 Jun 2012

Diamond Jubilee


Nothing to do with nature but does deserve a mention, I am a  staunch Royalist, and featured is a small part of my collection of Royal Memorabilia, our Queen is without doubt a great asset to our fragmented country, long may she reign !!!!