A week in the forest of Dean

Just back from a week away in the Forest of Dean with my grandson with limited birding opportunities as the week was geared around ensuring he had a good time. I added a few year ticks with Ravens in the garden of our cottage and I twitched the Yellow-browed Warbler a couple of miles from […]

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North Norfolk – 7th to 10th February

Sarah had brought for me, at Christmas, a photography course with David Tipling and so we all headed up to North Norfolk for the weekend. David is a recent convert from Nikon to Olympus and is now an ambassador for Olympus. The main aim for me was to glean some of his knowledge in using […]

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More Pygmy Owls

This blog is at risk of becoming Simon’s Pygmy Owl blog, but this is the time of year when they are relatively easy to find and they are a great bird! My birding day started with the Maridalen bird but he was sat quite high up and soon flew to other side of a large […]

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November and Early December

Well, November seems to have passed me by without seeing a single bird of any note while much of the UK seemed to be awash with rare Swift’s. I have barely managed to get out due to work commitments and a general low ebb in my birding enthusiasm, this comes to me once in a […]

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A Great Day in Maridalen

The cold temperatures continue and we awoke to -7C today with blue skies and no wind. A relaxed trip around Maridalen didn’t reveal huge quantities of birds but there was quality there and I had a long overdue patch tick. The lake held a single Guillemot but not the Long-tailed Ducks and Common Scoters that […]

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The Marsh tit… diving!

Parus palustris – Passeriformes – Paridae – La Nonnette – 300 mm + Convert. 1/4 Ici c’est la rafale au /2500è et une bonne lumière naturelle qui m’ont permis ce dernier cliché… Grâce au point rouge sur la tête et au 10ème de seconde d’hésitation de la mésange j’ai obtenu cette netteté… J’étais contente, car […]

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The Marsh tit

Marsh tit (Poecile palustris)- The sun is on and off, but here are a couple of pictures of this fast moving little tit. I used to have very few the past years in my garden, but this time round there are 5 or 6 a least – 300 mm + convert. 1/4 It stayed a […]

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