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Friday, 2 January 2009

A Waxwing Twitch

Pete had mentioned that there were reports of Waxwings up his way and was I interested? You bet!! So today saw me, prior to dawn breaking, motoring up "north" to meet Pete for (yes - I have to admit it!) a twitch.

Well, thanks to a passing "Birder on a Bike" (is this a new birding cult?) we found them and, as we arrived, they flew off! I managed nothing more than a record shot - in fact I nearly committed the cardinal sin of deleting them before I got them up on the PC; glad I didn't.


That 30 seconds of excitement over, we then headed off for Amwell and, for me, a first visit. I was very impressed at the size of the reserve and also the number and variety of birds. Good stuff!

I managed a few pictures, but the light was dreadful as it seems to be these days (you'll get fed up with my saying this soon).

"After Amwell" (that sounds like a film title!) we headed off for lunch, and to get warm again. We had a great meal at the Rainbow and Dove - nice one Pete :D

Here we go:
Great Tit

Long-tailed Tits


female Chaffinch

Male Reed Bunting

Female Reed Buntin

Male Wigeon

Great Crested Grebe

Cormorant
(I hadn't noticed that it had been ringed until I got the picture up on the PC)

Canada Geese


An excellent day
(and one that also brought my year list up quite respectably.)

12 comments:

Little Brown Job said...

Lovely shots, especially the Cormorant in flight.

Paul.

Graham James said...

That shot of the Long-tailed Tits on the coconut is a beauty, Tricia

Cheryl said...

Great post Tricia....and the photographs are great. The long tailed tits is a beautiful picture and shows their acrobatics......

Tricia said...

Thanks Paul, Graham and Cheryl.

It was lovely to have a reasonably close up view of the LTTs and the Cormorant treated us to a "fly-past" whilst we were in the hide

Janine said...

LTT Feeding Frenzy! Great shots T.

Tricia said...

Thanks J :)

Jackie said...

Hi Tricia
I want a camera like yours, great shots!!!
I have looked Amwell up I think it is in Hertfordshire, is that right? My daughter lives in Hatfield, so may look the place up next time we are there.

Have a good weekend, Jackie.

Tricia said...

Thanks Jackie. Yes - it is in Hertfordshire and here's a link:
http://www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/herts/reserves/amwell.htm

avalon said...

Happy new year tricia, love the new blog header. A great start to your photgraphic year loved the long tailed tits on the coconut

Tricia said...

Thanks J. Thought it was time for a change of picture. The LTTs are really appealing (and you might see/have seen some on another blog too ;) )

Anonymous said...

Well you lucky person!! Waxwings, i dipped when they payed a visit Ooop north. They were in Chorley for 2 days and i missed both such is life lol. Nice pic's by the way.


paul.

Tricia said...

Paul - if we'd been 30 seconds later, we'd have dipped too!

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