Saturday, 30 April 2011

Lesser Whitethroat - MVCP

This Lesser Whitethroat was singing near the MVCP access track, unfortunately it was rather breezy at the time. Videoed using a Canon 600D camera and a Canon 100-400mm lens. Video by Martin Green.

Turnstone - MVCP Pillinge

This Turnstone was on a brick island about 80 yards in front of the MVCP Pillinge hide from just before noon to at least 2pm. I was very pleased to see it as if I have seen one on the park before it was at least 20 years ago... :-) Digiscoped using a Nikon ED50 scope and a Canon S95 compact camera. Here is a video of the bird taken with my Canon 600D and Canon 100-400mm lens:

Photograph and video by Martin Green

Med Gull

First-summer Med Gull, Broom GP, 30th April 2011

Friday, 29 April 2011

Purple Heron - MVCP

My contribution to the collection of dodgy photos of the Purple Heron... This one was taken at Wetland 9 of the MVCP where the heron dropped in for a few minutes on its return journey to Rookery after visiting Brogborough Lake. Unfortunately my camera initially refused to focus properly when the bird was a bit closer and more side-on... I'm not complaining though as I was convinced I had missed my chance to see it at the MVCP... :-) Photographs by Martin Green.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Purple Heron - MVCP

Purple Heron digiscoped in the MVCP wetlands. Photograph taken by Martin Palmer.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Willington Ouzel

Went for a walk around Willington early morning looking for Nightingale and Turtle Doves among the summer visitors and was pleasantly surprised to find a female Ring Ouzel on the grass on the southern side of the settling lagoon feeding with two Mistle Thrushes. Made a change from finding them on the southern chalk slopes.

Ring Ouzel (fem)- Willington 24th April 2011

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Black Terns

These three were present on Friday 22/04/11, they stayed for the morning at least.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Waxwings Putnoe Street Bedford 8th April

A garden surprise with a very vocal group of Waxwings flycatching in a large Oak tree opposite our front garden.We managed to count 11 in the tree before they flew and turned into 19! The same tree held an equally vocal Tawny owl calling away over Christmas.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Collared Dove video

A Collared Dove videod in my parent's garden near the Stewartby Lake Gullwatch using the 3x video zoom on my Canon 600D camera and a 100-400mm Canon lens set to about 250mm. with the video zoom and the cropped sensor the video is the equivalent of using an approximately 1200mm lens on a 35mm camera. Video by Martin Green

Three Red Kites - Stewartby Lake

A very bad record shot that just about shows all three of the Red Kites that flew over my parent's garden near the Stewartby Lake gullwatch at 3.40pm. They headed off in the direction of Marston Moretaine. Photo by Martin Green.

Avocet at Willington

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Buzzard - MVCP 9th April 2011

This Common Buzzard flew over me near Wetland 3, fortunately just after I had changed the exposure setting on my camera after taking a very under-exposed photo of a Kestrel at the same place. I'm liking my new camera... :-) Photo by Martin Green.


Wheatear, Biggleswade Common, 9th April 2011


The wonderfully confiding Redstart on Pegsdon Hills, 9th April 2011.


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