THREE WEEKS IN A ROW.

Its unheard of me out three weeks in a row,work has been unbelievably buzzy,one of the reasons iv not been bloging so I do apologise for that.My first week spent a day with my mate Jeremy at Washington WWT.It makes a change seeing birds you will not get to see on your normal patch.plus weather was crap, Jeremy only gets out one day a month,work is a mare with your social life,I was imprest with the cranes they have there, wicked burgers they are,told not to get to close.this one was giving me the eye,any closer mate and i will have you.
 


I must admit there was a lot more species there than I thought there would be plus a lot more than iv not  see before.I don't want to fill this page with to many here's just a few.


                                                                FEMALE SMEW


                                                          AMERICAN WOOD DUCK

    
                                                                 MANDARIN


                                                             RUDDY SHELDUCK


                                                              BEWICK'S SWAN


This is a short video of the female smew,the first time I've used this video on my d300s camera.hope to improve my shooting with more interesting subjects.


                                                                 HOODED MAGANSER


                                                                  PINK FLAMINGO 


visit to the feed station gave use some good views of a male bullfinch,great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, Cole tit,goldcrest just a short glimpse of the goldcrest.no chance of a photo though to blinking fast.

                                                            
                                                HOW HEAVY IS THIS COLE TIT 
                                                  HE'S SNAPPED THE BRANCH      

My second week out was at cresswell,nothing out of the ordinary apart from the bittern which I've still not seen,sat in the hide for about three hours but he did not show.But we did get to see the marsh harrier being mobbed by crows and buzzards they put on a pretty good show. I did get a few shots of of a nice little stoat,on the way into cresswell. 

                      
                                                                          STOAT 

Last week newbiggin to see if we can see the med gulls,

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WILD FLOWERS

All wild flowers were taken over the past year,most of them in the Northumberland area.

RED CLOVER

RED CLOVER

WATER AVENS

WATER AVENS

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID

NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID

NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID

PYRENEAN LILY

PYRENEAN LILY

MONKEYFLOWER

MONKEYFLOWER

PRIMROSE

PRIMROSE

SPEAR THISTLE

SPEAR THISTLE

WILD TEASEL

WILD TEASEL

SEA CAMPION

SEA CAMPION

MEADOW CRANE'S BILL

MEADOW CRANE'S BILL

COMMON RAGWORT

COMMON RAGWORT

A small collection of photos of our local birds

Most of these birds were photographed in the north east area.

SWALLOW

SWALLOW

MALE SISKIN

MALE SISKIN

FEMALE SISKIN

FEMALE SISKIN

MEADOW PIPIT

MEADOW PIPIT

REDPOLL

REDPOLL

SEDGE WARBLER

SEDGE WARBLER

GREEFINCH

GREEFINCH

TREE SPARROW

TREE SPARROW

YELLOWHAMMER

YELLOWHAMMER

CHIFFCHAFF

CHIFFCHAFF

LONG-TAILED TIT

LONG-TAILED TIT

WHEATEAR

WHEATEAR

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Dunnock

Dunnock

Blue tit

Blue tit

Wren

Wren

Heron

Heron

the glossy ibis

my fist sighting of the glossy ibis was a good one, there it was right in front of the window,there was at least 15 people taking shots of it,must be the most photographed bird in the north east
and rightly so.

glossy ibis

glossy ibis

birds of pray

most of these birds were photographed in captivity,the ones with out names are not identified as yet.

peregrine
red kite

golden eagle

SPARROWHAWK

TAKEN AT BIGWATERS

GOSHAWK

This bird was taken in on the borders of Scotland,

SCREECH OWL

SCREECH OWL

let me out

let me out

snowy owl

snowy owl

TRIP TO THE INNER FARNE

All photos were taken on the Inner farne Island on July of this year,this was my second trip to the Islands the first being to Staple Island last year.