All the rest of the team were busy today, one was on a walk with his class, one was busy with his family, one was shopping with his wife and one was landing aircraft at the airport (proberly the bast place to land aircraft).
So it is Tony and I, we have a look around Pulis but very little there a couple of Shelduck. We take Tony's car and on to the rifle range for a look around, same story a couple of Stonechats but not much else.
We decide to go for the smaller birds on a nature walk near my childrens school. Good choice lots of small birds jumping from brunch to brunch Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit ( my Favourite), Good fun but i have to go get my children from the mother in laws.
My children are outplaying when i get to the mother in laws so she said why don't you go out for an hour just when you thought the birding was over there is more. Clair mare is a loverly littel pond with a nice size reed bed on the west coast. Sorry that i have some more Teal photos to show you but i do think they are better then yesterdays.
Pochard, Mallards, Marsh Harrier are the highlights.
I am taking part in a survey in the morning and hopfully some of my friends will come to. news to follow.
This week i have increasted my list to 92 and have managed to get some new shots that i hope you will enjoy.
It was Wednesday when the rain did not stop in the morning so i decided i would not go out birding even it being my day off and wife at work and children at school oh no i went shopping with out being asked instead. The time is 12 noon and i start to make some lunch for my wife (what a great husband i am) did i forgot to say but akll the housework has been done as well. What is that i hear my phone has just alarmed, it is a grape vine call reading that there is a Avocet at Pulis pond.
Only 2 miles from home I set out ( I did do her housework i am sure she can make her own lunch as i did buy lots of food at the shop earlier). The Avocet was there and what a loverly bird to bring my year list to 92 and a lifer what a great day and still got home to make lunch and a few more browny points, i must have enough for a toaster soon!
Thursday i have work all day but a spare hour opens up around lunch time and the sun is out i can not waste this chance. Grands Maries is a private pond with a loverly tree lined walk going around it. the peolpe who own it do not mind me using it and it is a great place to stand and watch smaller birds (some of which i can now ID).
It was really good weather and lots of fun as the birds would not sit still and there are lots of branches on these trees and of course they are always just the other side of some. But i managed to gets these which i think are quite nice and as Lee well tell you the Longtailed Tit is my favourite Bird ( I may have more then one). I think they have great personalty, cheeky chap.
Then a Chiffchaff but he would not sit still and smile i had to follow him aroud a bit and always a small twig or two got in the way. But not too bad concidering one day i will get some good ones.
Friday I had an hour between finishing work and picking up the children. So down to clair Mare then. The light was not as good as Thursday but if i am going to get better as a photographer then i have to be able to deal with these little problems and any chance to watch the birds.
Sorry that is it i have to spend some time at home with the wife and children but there is still saturday and sunday and i will keep you all up to date as soon as i can.
The sun is out i must leave work and meet Simon, Lee, Tony and Derek at Fort Hommet.
A Rock Pipet or is it a Water Pipet, we could not decide but we have photos and will hope.
It is windy and we decide that we will leave the coast and head for Silbe.
Spring is here, spring flowers and 10 mallard Chicks.
Buzzards are great and we had Jackdaw which is a first for my year list which takes me to 90.
loverly sunshine so we walk back to the car and on to Claire Mare only three of us now. all the normal ducks and a Pochard. play with the camera and settings and hopfully some nice photos.
another great day and i have had another guernsey birder showing an interest in joining our ever growing group of explorers.
I have phoned the man who has been allowing me to try out his 170mm-500mm sigma lense and have agreed to buy it, told you it was a good day.
I got up at 5am to do the housework as many brownie points as possible, children dropped at school at the wife at work time to find some birds.
Fort Homment to see if the Purple Sandpipers are still there and they are. this is going to be a good day and the sun is out maybe i could get a couple of good photos as well. Black Redstart and great Creasted Grebe are the highlights.
Moving on to Perelle and a slavonian Grebe, my list for the day is aready at 25 next clair mare hide and the Teal, Great Tit, Blue Tit and what is that circling three Buzzards. This is great.
Collin best resreve and a chance to see a wren, Dunnock, Marsh Harriers and some Chaffinch on the walk there. Curlew.
I must go home and do some lunch for the wife if i am ever going to be allowed out again. The wife feed and i run for the door, to the car and on to Vale Pond.
Brent Goose, Red-breasted Merganser, Kestrel and here comes the Kingfisher and thats 40 for the day. I must get the children from school.
Changed, ok in the car then Courtney of to drama and the wife dropped at the doctors. Ryan dressed in his wellies and conviced the nature walk at Silbe is better then sitting in the doctors we start a new chapter in the story of this great day.
Long tailed Tits and then some loud calling get the camera off the tripod and look at the sky, yes a buzzard flying low just above us click click clickand a loverly Gold Crest and that is 47, not bad at all.
It is Sunday 7am I meet Simon and Lee at Rousse Three pairs of bins, two camaras ( still trying out the simga 170mm-500mm) and a scope, what are we going to see.
We start with a Great Creasted Grebe and a song in our hearts. We walk along the coast and soon meet up with Tony, the count for the morning is now, Are we going to bet last sundays 41 (i am as excited to find out as you are).
Are numbers swollen we move on to Pulias, A moving bush oh no it is Chris is Camo gear. A Stonechat, Three Gannets, lots of Dunnocks and a Peregrine the stars which push us on to 35 for the morning and Tony says good by and Derek having had his beauty sleep, get in the cars and move on to grandes Havres.
A brent Goose and a Grey Heron best move in to Vale hide, not worth while everyone thinks but we will have a quick look anyway. Coots, Teal, Snipe, Shoveler, Thats 41 we are going to beat last week. Black cap ( 3rd time ever) Moorhens, Blue Tit and a KING FISHER. huh i think it may have been worth while after all.
Thats move on to Portinfer and Sanderling, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Ring Plover and a LIFER Golden Plover and thats how you get 50. How many next week?
This longer and hopefully more intresting Blog is because my biggest fan Chris asked me to expaned on my bloggs.
Please let me know if you think these picture are better with the Simga 170mm-500mm that i have used today instead of my 300mm. I will pass on to the wife how many people think that she should let me spend £250 on the
Do not mess with the Peregrine
went with a friend to try out a 500mm simga lense and had a greater spotted woodpecker but no photo. had some photos but must of them were just to see how good the lense is. will try again in the morning. hopfully some more photos to follow.
the car was in the garage today so just went for a walk around the port soif nature walk very close to home and had 23 different birds, which was nice but nothing new for my year list. always tomorrow.
put my year list up to 48 still right at the bottom of the guernsey birders but had a few photos with i have added to my 2012 page please have a look. let me know if you like any.
out today meet five friends a couple of nice photo's and a lifer in the razorbill
i have not been outside yet so only the 5 i have send from the window hope to go out today or tomorrow or maybe both.