Saturday, 21 April 2012

Thursday 19th April - Saturday 21st April 2012

Decided to murge the last few days together, seeing as i was only out for around an hour or so due the weather. Managed to take a few photo's though, which is always good.
So the first of the photo's will be taken from Thursday morning. Which will be a Cormorant fanning its wings, such a common sight along the coast.

Also here's an image of one comming in to land on in the sea.

Now the next lot of photo's comming up really made my day, because these birds are rare to from anywhere south of Yorkshire. So to see them here in Foreness Bay also known as Foreness Point.
So i hope you enjoy these photo's of Purple Sandpipers ( around 23-25cm tall).

I forgot to mention that these were huddled with some Turnstones, Pictured below.

So while we are on the subject of Turnstones ( 25cm tall ), here are a few pictured below.

So as we come to the end of Thursday wander, i shall leave you with a couple of images of a Pied Wagtail.

So now we come into Friday. Now it was very quite till i got to Kingsgate Bay pictured below also pictured Kingsgate Castle which is now turned into flats.

As soon as i got to the steps which takes you to the road above the beach, i noticed a Linnet with its red breast.

As you go a little bit further along the road you'll come to Joss Bay ( which is just around the corner from the castle) and if you go along the country road opposite bay, you will spot Dunnocks, Wrens, Goldfinches also Robins and so on and so on. So here's some of the Birds i spotted along this road.

                                                        Dunnock flying towards me.





As for my next crop of pictures are insects. Now to be honest i've never taken much interest in them and also always passed them by without a second glance. But since taking up photography and taking a few pictures of them, i've noticed how much detail they have.
Here are some i manage to take a picture of yesterday.

                                                                      Hover Fly.
                                                                       ( i think )

                                                                          A Fly.

                                                                        A Bee.

                                                                     Flies mating.

Now last but not least we come to today. Today was the shortest walk as the rain clouds came sooner than i thought. As usual i started off along the beach where i watched a Turnstone preen itself, around Walpole Bay. As pictured below.

Now by the time i reached Forness Bay the tide was comming in quickly, so i made my way up the few steps to the walkway a few feet above. As the tide was comming in, the sea was starting to cover the rocks which the Turnstones and Oystercaters were resting on. So when the sea took one rock away from them, they made their way to next one, and so on until the sea covered the lot.
So here are a few pictures of this happening below.

As we come to the end of the journey i spotted a Dung Fly also a pair copulating. As pictured below, till next time.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Monday April 16th.

As for a change, i thought spending an hour or so at the local park would make a change.
Not long after setting off for the park i noticed this juvenile Herring Gull flying above, so took a couple of pictures of it.

As i enter the park i could here a Wren singing. Now i've never been able to take a picture of a wren as tthe ones i've come across have been to quick to take a picture of.
Now i knew this would be a challenge to find the wren as it is our smallest bird in Britain, and they move so fast. In the end i managed to locate the bird, and to my surprise also took a few pictures of it.
The first picture shown is how i spotted it, hiding amongst the twigs of the tree. The second picture is when it evenually came out to show itself and to sing its song.

After feeling excited for taking some pictures of a wren, i continued further into the park.
After a few minutes walking i thought i could hear a thrush singing ( something you don't hear as much these days sadly). It took me a while to find it, there it was in the top half of the tree singing away. As i looked closer i noticed it was a Mistle Thrush to my delight.

The next bird i came across was a Starling perched on top of a sign. Now i am starting to like these birds even more, they look really colourful when the sun shines on them. Also the different sounds they make, and also they are great at copying other sounds.

Now seeing this park isn't very large, i started looking for insects and butterflies before i set off home. It took a while before i came across this butterfly ( Small Tortoiseshell ). So i took a few pictures of this butterly, and here are the ones i like the most.

Also around the same area as the butterfly i noticed this bee. Now i've never seen or noticed one like this before, would like to know the name of it. Shall have to buy some books on insects ect ect.

And lastly i came across this ladybird, so had to take a couple of photos. So thats it end of journey, doesn't look like i'll be out for a while as the weather set to turn to wind and rain for the week.