Thursday, 15 May 2014

April bits and bobs.

A few images taken at Brake Mill Pools, West Hagley, an area I (try to) frequently visit.

I was very fortunate on the 9th to have lengthy and fairly clear views of 2 Green Woodpeckers as they searched for insects in one of the Dandelion bedecked paddocks.

 I was amazed at the stunning plumage on this female Mallard. I had never really looked as closely as I did today when I spotted the female having 40 winks!

17th April. Pebble Prominent Moth  Notodonta ziczac

18th April....Brandon Marsh.

Blackcaps were in song in many areas around the reserve.

This pair of Coots were a delight to watch. The male (I presume the male) was on his way to the nest with some vegetation, the female left her nest to join him and then helped to carry the stem he was carrying. a lovely sight to see. I hope they successfully raised many chicks!

20th April...Walton Hill
2male and 1 female Ring Ouzel and a male Redstart close by them were a sheer delight to see!

WWT Slimbridge....27/03/2014

I am playing catch up again!

27th March.
I was fortunate to have been present at Slimbridge on the morning of the health check for the Caribbean Flamingos. I was told that it had been 3 (or maybe 4 years ) since the last check that they have to do on the Flamingos. The birds were handled very well which ensured they stayed as calm as could be expected. It was weird seeing them carried, most had to have their beaks held shut for obvious reasons!

These were my first of the year Mallard family. There were 12 cute Ducklings.

The following day (28th) was spent at at Cotswold Water Park. It was mind boggling the size of the Water Park which is why only one area was explored and it was where I saw my first of the year Sand martins and in all honesty not much else after a good walk! At least a couple of days is needed here to do the area justice.
The view from the hotel room was pretty good though!

The Shelducks at Slimbridge were amusing when the females were being territorial!