Call me the Stonechat Whisperer…
Bits and pieces from close to home.
No YB warblers, but I’m always happy to find a Stonechat.
Warning – lots of images..!
A few hours on a Northumberland beach – without feeling the need to beat a dog-owner to a pulp. It’s been a while…
They’re here, and in good numbers. But no easier to photograph for all that…
More fun and games with my new 100-400mm Mk II lens…
After a long, dry spell, some half-decent pics…
A long-staying Desert wheatear just up the coast finally became too much of a temptation.
Does anyone else go out, get some perfectly good images, and then do nothing with them? I’ve got thousands of the buggers!
I once told someone (back in the days before dogs outnumbered birds on my local beaches) that I was a bit bored with waders. In fact I’ve realised that few things make me happier than lying on a quiet beach with a few wading birds in front of me.
I live on a long street, but – technically – the River Blyth is at the bottom of it.
I’ve long hoped for a repeat of the fall of Goldcrest that introduced me to bird photography back in 2005. Well, that’s just what happened today.
A new PC, a change of workflow and precious few birds to photograph have meant that I haven’t posted much recently, so this short trip up to Amble was very welcome.
Things didn’t go to plan today – I need more Fulmar practice!
Hartlepool headland is a well-known birding site, but I had no idea what it would be like for photography. Pretty good, as it turns out.
I’m getting the hang of the 7D, and was lucky enough to have the beach to myself (and the Turnstones) for a while.
Out and about today – a new venue and a new camera .
Sometimes a couple of hours is all you need.
Making the best(?) of what’s about…
OK, it was better than being at work, but not really a day to remember.
I might have found a new favourite RAW converter in Bibble 5.
Sometimes there are only common birds around – it can be a fun challenge to make the most of such situations
It just goes to show that even when you think you know what the day will have in store, a surprise is always possible.
A local nature reserve that’s actually worthy of the name, and a very obliging Stonechat on my local beach.
A brief after-work call into St Marys.
A visit to the QE II Country Park in Ashington.
At last, some nice light and (relatively) obliging birds.
A trip up the coast to Druridge – another one that didn’t go quite to plan.
The beach at St Mary’s – no waders, and no light…
Sore foot, stupid dogs, stupider owners, shouting, swearing, sun, sand, Swallows and Sanderlings!
A day that went from really promising to really painful in just one step…
What’s a nice gull like you doing on a page like this?
St Mary’s again – the birds were obliging, but the misty weather kept me on my toes…
Marden Quarry in Whitley Bay (NE England) is a pleasant place to while away a few hours.
The usual suspects at my usual local haunts.
A day in North Northumberland – the River Coquet and Caistron Nature Reserve.
Along with a handful of other brave souls, I braved sub-zero temperatures – and no birds – on the annual Bird Forum Kite Bash
Another look at my local beach – on a very breezy day.
A good day at the harbour today – some good birds and some good “crack”.