Saturday, 31 May 2008


well it had all gone!

only a marsh warbler and a montagu's harrier the only thing saved me from going home early was spending the day with darren and his mate's,anyway you may be able to read about the day here....................

the yorkshire wandering tattler'

marsh warbler

yellow wagtail


Thursday, 22 May 2008


not that ive been anywhere!
been very quiet up here for the last 2 weeks,the only highlight was an oystercatcher a week ago.
a few photos from the last 2 weeks



greylag goose


Saturday, 10 May 2008

Friday, 9 May 2008

did i mention i like pied wagtails?

a very nice female pied wagtail showed great at the 'with' today.

oystercatcher 1
dunlin 2
golden plover 2
common sandpiper 4
curlew 2

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

willow warbler the 'with'

very nice up here today,warm even in a strong south-easterly the black terns have still not appeared,but the first ever spring willow warbler singing his little head off in the beech tree by the pumphouse! i get few of these in autumn but spring its a rare.
also 1 wheatear and 5 swallows ok its not exactly spurn but still its my patch.
(again taken with the converter on and no 'is' or 'af'!!

willow warbler
the 'with'

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

its sunny!

well the sun was well and truly out this evening up the 'with'. not a lot about apart from 2 swallows heading south.
2 dunlin the first for the year up here were showing at about 4m so i thought id give the kenko pro 300 dg 1.4x converter ago,i must admit since getting it last year i've been a bit disappointed with it ,but having found out that a flaw with canon dslr's is that the center point focus point is,well crap,and having all set will result in it 'hunting' too much,i stuck it on one of the right handside points.
and bingo!

the 'with'

Monday, 5 May 2008

local its all good!

spent the day local but no 'with' (boo hoo) anyway,a good day


pied flycatcher 1 male
cuckoo 1
buzzard 1
jay 3

pied flycatcher

remember the shag from the other day?(even nick d saw it and cocked up like me!) well its still there and showing well.

elland gp

andy arrives on the scene

Sunday, 4 May 2008

birds in flight,wheldrake and bubwith

yesterday was spent tidying the garden,though i managed to get in the evening to elland gravel pits i overlooked a adult shag sat on the ramp(doh!!!) it was small and black i should of paid more attention!

after visiting the parents in selby,i headed to wheldrake,ok it was warm but still rained now and again.lots of swifts.
swifts are very tricky to photograph so i used,iso 250-800 and underexposed by 2 full stops as it was a grey sky.

common swift

marsh harrier

common snipe