The Dark Room

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Red-throated Pipit

The Red-throated Pipit at Landguard NR Suffolk was showing well Saturday morning through the scope just before a dog walker flushed it. I only had about five minutes of it near the boardwalk before it flew off calling towards the common-smart bird.  Other birds noted around the reserve were Male and Female Common Redstart near the cottage, a few Wheatears on the beach, Med Gull and Sandwich Terns off shore and a few more common migrants were added to make a very pleasant morning out.




Female Common Redstart



Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Still Spotted

The Juvenile Spotted Crake is still showing well at the Ingrebourne Valley from the viewing area and has been for the last 11 days. Here are some more images from Suday morning.




Saturday, 23 September 2017

Juvenile Red necked Grebe


With Andy T kindly putting the news out early doors that the Juvenile Red necked Grebe was still present at Roding Valley meadows NR in the south east corner of the lake, Paulboy and I quickly made our way across town to Buckhurst hill. We found the bird with no problem as its only a small lake in the morning mist.

Once again a high ISO and a slow shutter was my choice and I got to work as did Paul and by looking at my twitter feed most the Londonbirders did too-and why not its a stunning bird to see in a rare plumage (not seen a Juv before)









Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spotted Crake

After good views of the Juvenile Spotted Crake at the weekend on the patch I still wanted more action so  I returned Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday expecting the same, sadly it didn't show from 6pm to 7.30pm each evening. However Thursday evenings views were superb-shame the light was crap. but as the cattle have been grazing the front reed bed for the past few days it's now allowing good views to all visitors who visit the valley.





All above images ISO 1600 1/160 5.6

And add in Wednesday evenings  Osprey  seen by my wife and I over the reservoir (probably the same Juv seen Wedsnesday by Tom Bell) the patch is delivering the goods.........

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spotted Crake

After adding Whinchat and Greenshank recently to the patch year list today's Spotted Crake found by Andrew Gouldstone a visiting birder was much more like what us valley birders are after. The Juvenile crake which is my second one for the Ingrebourne Valley showed on/off all day in front of the viewing area in the first set of reeds below the wooden fence. Luckily I had my camera with me as Andrew didn't have his to record this local rare.




Monday, 4 September 2017

Audouin's Gull

Audouin's gulls were seen daily in Ibiza but trying to photograph them in the bright sunshine is a no no as the light is just so harsh. So the below images were taken on a late evening with the sun starting to set behind me. Armed with some slice's of brown bread I got to work for just ten minutes before them being flushed by a few late sunbathers leaving the beach.




Sunday, 20 August 2017

Drinking and birding in Ibiza

I've just returned from a weeks holiday in Ibiza in the resort of Santa Eulalia,which was very relaxing as most days were spent down on the beach and the evenings drinking the biggest Vodka and lemonade you could ever ask for. With its cool bars around the marina which was only a short walk from our hotel and Sardinian Warblers, Turtle Dove, Serin, Audouin's Gull and Spot flys all seen around our hotel and only a two hour flight it was prefect for a return short break.

Below this Turtle Dove showed really well beside the pool on the metal fence-stunning birds up close and good numbers seen over the 7 days.





Serin was recorded daily around the pool/beach and even the bars!


Audouin's Gull are very smart birds and the most photographed bird of the holiday, so will do a separate blog just for them later and probably the hardest to photograph too.