Saturday, 31 December 2011


Greylag Goose H6C at Blunham Lake, 31st December 2011.  I wonder where it was ringed?

Common Sandpiper & Magpie - Stewartby Lake

Another photo of the Common Sandpiper taken on the sailing club bank of Stewartby Lake. in slightly better light than I had for the last photos. I just wish it had walked past the car a few minutes earlier when the light was much better as it was for the Magpie. Photos by Martin Green.


Female Scaup, Brogborough Lake, 31st December 2011

Friday, 30 December 2011

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Common Sand & Grey Wag - Stewartby Lake

A few photos of the very confiding Common Sandpiper on the sailing club bank of Stewartby Lake. The sandpiper came within 12 feet of Dave Ball's car. Unfortunately, the combination of the poor light and the highly active nature of the bird made it very hard to get both the head and tail in focus at the same time. I'll hopefully get another chance when the light is better... The Grey Wagtail was also on the sailing club bank. Photos by Martin Green.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Nordic Jackdaw

Nordic Jackdaw Corvus monedula monedula - Derek Whites Eggs pit, 27th December 2011.  An overlooked Scandinavian migrant in the county. To find out more click here and here.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Hook-tip Gull

This first winter Black-headed Gull was noted in Wardown Park, Luton on 18th December amongst 600 or so of its mates. Maybe a useful adaptation for stealing bits of stale bread from the local Mallards...

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Great Northern Diver - Stewartby Lake

A record shot of the Great Northern Diver taken around 3pm this afternoon from the sailing club bank of Stewartby Lake. The diver was very active most of the day, only staying on the surface for a few seconds at a time, making it hard to get better photographs. Photograph by Martin Green.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Long-tailed Tit & Goldcrest - MVCP

A couple of photos taken on a very foggy day. The Goldcrest photo is actually the best image I have got of one on site so not too bad. Photos by Martin Green.

White-fronted Goose

Juvenile Eurasian White-fronted Goose, Grovebury 20/11/2011


Fifteen Pintail (inc. 7 males) at Grovebury 12/11/2011, put up by a low flying helicopter.



This Sparrowhawk was taking apart a Feral Pigeon at Derek Whites Eggs pit this afternoon.  Doesn't it have long legs!

White-fronted Goose

White-fronted Goose, Biggleswade Common, 20th November 2011.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Caspian Gull - Stewartby Lake

This video of one of the three Caspian Gulls in the Stewartby Lake roost this afternoon was taken at a range of about 300-400 yards using a Canon S95 compact camera attached to a Nikon S95 via an adaptor:

Video by Martin Green.

When kestrels attack....

This video was taken at a range of about 100 yards near the MVCP pillinge using a canon S95 compact camera attached to a Nikon ED50 scope via an adaptor.

Video by Martin Green.

And here is a video still of the moment of impact:

Tundra Bean Geese

Tundra Bean Geese, Cainhoe Lakes, 19th November 2011.  This is the second time in recent years Tundra Bean Geese have turned up at this site.


Male Merlin, Broom GP, 19th November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Caspian Gull

Caspian Gull, Stewartby Lake, 15th November 2011 by Martin Palmer.  One of two adults present that evening.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Priory Gannet 14/11/2011

I'm sure there will some better images out there. Here is my digiscope effort as the bird swam close to the north shore. While I was there it also flew round a few times and was seen to perform two shallow angle plunge dives (or crash landings?)


Two more shots of the juvenile Gannet found at Priory CP by Tony Gill, 14th November 2011.  The upper shot was taken by Dave Kramer, and the lower shot by Steve Blain.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser on The Pillinge, MVCP, 13th November 2011

Slav Grebe

Slavonian Grebe, Broom GP, 13th November 2011.  Check out its call below!

Slavonian Grebe at Broom GP by Steve Blain

Caspian Gull

Adult Caspian Gull, Quest pit, 13th November 2011.  The lower shot, although poor, shows the wing-tip pattern typical of Caspian Gull, with broad white tips to P10 and P9, shafts of white (or 'tongues') in to the black, and a black band on P5.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Black Redstart

Black Redstart, Devon Drive, Biggleswade, 12th November 2011.  A nice surprise while having a bacon sarnie for lunch!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Tuesday, 1 November 2011


Garganey, Blunham Lake, 1st November 2011

Mute Swans

These two colour-ringed Mute Swans were at Blunham Lakes on 1st November 2011.  They were both originally ringed on The Embankment in Bedford.  772 was ringed on 11th March 2011 and this is the first time it's been seen away from the ringing site.  984 was originally ringed on 15th July 2011 and has been seen at Priory CP on 10th September, before turning up at Blunham.

Many thanks to the BTO, and Mike Reed in particular, for the information above.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Caspian Gull

First-winter Second-winter Caspian Gull with adult Yellow-legged Gull, Stewartby Tip, 29th October 2011.  The yellow colour ring came back from originating from a Polish colony.

Azorean Gull video

Azorean Gull, Stewartby Tip, 29th October 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011

Ivel Osprey

Picked these two images up from BirdForum taken by a local fisherman Paul Keeble at Henlow. 


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