The Dark Room

Thursday 28 June 2012

Liitle Owls

It does seem like the local Little Owls are doing really well as I get to see them quite often lately. This set of pictures were taken just outside the Ingrebourne Valley area. The adults have be around for a bit of time now, but last night it was the first time I caught up with the Juvenile birds. So hopefully better pictures will follow?

Saturday 23 June 2012

Gannet in London

Who says June is quiet!! Today DDL kindly rang to say there was a Gannet at Walthamstow reservoir on East Warwick, Gary James had found a third summer there in the afternoon. Along with a few other birders who also needed this difficult bird for London it showed really well. I do hope it's just resting up and moves on, but like most sea birds that turn up on reservoirs they normally get picked up dead the next day? So fingers crossed!! A London tick

Sunday 17 June 2012

Little Bittern

Over the last few years there have been a few records of Little Bittern but unfortunately I've not been able to go for one reason or another, but this morning Monkey and myself went along to see the Adult female at Stocker's lake Hertfordshire. It was on show as we walked along the stream and showed well for the 60 or so people there. Although it was on show all the time we were there, it was sometimes partly hidden by the tall reeds. It was well worth the long wait for it to be added to my life list.

Sunday 10 June 2012


June is a funny old month in the birding calender,not much happening on the rares front but always a chance of one. Well, it wasn't on the patch today as I walked around looking. The garden however produced Common Buzzard and a Peregrine, which wasn't bad at all. Also, June is the time of year when other non-birding photos appear on peoples blogs too like Dragonfly, moths and of course flowers. Hmmmmm, one of which is on mine. Peregrine going over the garden Common Swift is not a easy bird to photograph Hairy dragonfly

Saturday 2 June 2012

Singing Marsh Warbler

After having seen 16 Crossbill go over our garden calling this morning and checking the valley. I went along with Mo to see the Marsh Warbler at Rainham Marshes, which did not show well while we were there but was still great to hear singing. Like the ones I've seen before and heard for that matter, they are always entertaining to listen to copying other bird calls like Swallow, Quail, Blackbird and Blue Tit. See if you can recognise anyone from the crowd shots?