It has been four months since I last published a blog. I have been out of action following further hip surgery. I am now bionic having had two new hips since July 2018!!
I am making a good recovery and am now able to drive again. This has meant that at long last I have been able to get out and about with the camera to record Lancashire’s wonderful wildlife.
I am not yet able to go far and so have made a few visits to the Longridge and Grimsargh areas which are just a few miles up the road. Shown below are some images from the area of a Great Crested Grebe, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff, local bluebell woods, broods of mallard and greylag geese and a passage of whimbrel.
Good numbers of whimbrel are now passing through on their way to northern breeding grounds.The whimbrel were coming into roost at Grimsargh Wetlands a new reserve being managed by the local Parish Council.
The final images show the sunset and moonset.
It was very nice to get back to business again and I am looking forward to more days out at this lovely time of the year.
I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats - natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment - as you do!!I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain.I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!