Sunday, 29 April 2012

Common Scoter & Swallow - Stewartby Lake

 A record shot of the male Common Scoter found by Pete Smith.
A Swallow trying to hold on to it's perch in the gusty conditions earlier in the afternoon. Photos by Martin Green.

Long-tailed Tit fledglings

The first egg must have been laid around 23 March, which seems a little early. These youngsters were being tended by three adults.

Info on BTO BirdFacts

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Grey Plover & Kittiwake - MVCP 28th April 2012

A video-grab of the Grey Plover that was on the MVCP Pillinge early this morning. A long-awaited MVCP Tick for me.
A couple of record shots of the Kittiwake that was found by Dave Ball on Stewartby Lake this afternoon. Photos by Martin Green.

Monday, 23 April 2012


Brambling at The Lodge, 22nd April 2012 by Geoff Harries. Only the third 2012 record in Bedfordshire so far!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A different view of Thurleigh

News from Willington

Thanks to the MVCP and Darren Woodward, we now have a new Tern Raft and Viewing Screen on the main lake at Willington.  You have to believe me that moments before, there were three Common Terns inspecting the raft which was installed only on Wednesday.  Thanks to all those who have been involved with this work.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Slavonian Grebe on Stewartby Lake (again...)

To add to the other photos here is my attempt at photographing the Slavonian Grebe on Stewartby Lake today. As it was close in, and I'm lazy, I went for the DSLR approach rather than digiscoping it. I'm glad I decided to come back and photograph it as think it is fair to say that the above image is EVEN better than my previous photo of a Slavonian Grebe taken on Stewartby Lake in December 2009... (See below) Both photos by Martin Green.

Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe at Stewartby Lake
I had the same idea as Andy and tried my luck again this afternoon.  It will look amazing in a few weeks time. Slavonian Grebe, Stewartby Lake, 14th April 2012

Stewartby Slav Sat 14th April

The Slavonian Grebe was present relatively close to the shore near the eastern corner of Stewartby Lake for its third day. With some decent light and the sun behind, it seemed a shame not to try a little digiscoping.

Monday, 9 April 2012


Ruff at Derek's
One of two male Ruff at Derek Whites Eggs pit, 8th-9th April, 2012

Friday, 6 April 2012

Great White Egret

Some great shots from Martin Palmer

Dream come true!

Well it had to happen and following Neil Wright's brief visitor to Brogborough, we finally got one of these we could all the mighty Radwell Lakes. Nick Cook's immortal words "That's white!" still ring in my ears. This shot taken on the edge of the Ouse by the Viaduct.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012


Quite a surprise when this came waddling to life at Broom this morning, first site record.


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