My local patch

Posted on 20 May 2018, 12:49 in

Bits and pieces from close to home.

Yellow browed warblers everywhere!

Posted on 30 September 2017, 18:41 in

No YB warblers, but I’m always happy to find a Stonechat.

Time for a catch-up

Posted on 23 July 2017, 13:24 in

Warning – lots of images..!

East Chevington

Posted on 6 February 2017, 19:05 in

A few hours on a Northumberland beach – without feeling the need to beat a dog-owner to a pulp. It’s been a while…

Waxwings

Posted on 12 November 2016, 18:39 in

They’re here, and in good numbers. But no easier to photograph for all that…

Mr and Mrs Stonechat say...

Posted on 5 May 2016, 20:54 in

More fun and games with my new 100-400mm Mk II lens…

At last - some pictures! (St Mary's Island)

Posted on 27 September 2012, 11:59 in

After a long, dry spell, some half-decent pics…

I am not a twitcher, but..!

Posted on 2 January 2012, 18:42 in

A long-staying Desert wheatear just up the coast finally became too much of a temptation.

Does anyone else do this?

Posted on 6 November 2011, 18:39 in

Does anyone else go out, get some perfectly good images, and then do nothing with them? I’ve got thousands of the buggers!

My name is Keith and I am a waderholic..!

Posted on 31 January 2011, 19:42 in

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.

From the bottom of my street

Posted on 17 October 2010, 19:50 in

I live on a long street, but – technically – the River Blyth is at the bottom of it.

A little fall at St Mary's

Posted on 10 October 2010, 20:43 in

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.

Amble

Posted on 24 July 2010, 20:24 in

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.

A funny sort of day...

Posted on 12 April 2010, 20:34 in

Things didn’t go to plan today – I need more Fulmar practice!

Hartlepool

Posted on 8 March 2010, 20:28 in

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.

Catching up...

Posted on 1 March 2010, 21:16 in

Turnstones, St Marys

Posted on 27 January 2010, 17:41 in

I’m getting the hang of the 7D, and was lucky enough to have the beach to myself (and the Turnstones) for a while.

Wallington Hall, the QE II - and a Canon 7D

Posted on 28 December 2009, 20:37 in

Out and about today – a new venue and a new camera .

A productive couple of hours at St Mary's

Posted on 11 December 2009, 19:55 in

Sometimes a couple of hours is all you need.

Whitley Bay Cemetery

Posted on 13 November 2009, 20:12 in

Making the best(?) of what’s about…

Newbiggin

Posted on 31 October 2009, 19:16 in

Bad light stops play

Posted on 23 October 2009, 21:50 in

OK, it was better than being at work, but not really a day to remember.

Washington Wildfowl Trust

Posted on 7 October 2009, 12:52 in

Marden Quarry - and Bibble 5

Posted on 20 September 2009, 20:48 in

I might have found a new favourite RAW converter in Bibble 5.

Usual Suspects - not such a bad thing, really...

Posted on 10 September 2009, 17:32 in

Sometimes there are only common birds around – it can be a fun challenge to make the most of such situations

St Mary's - a pleasant surprise

Posted on 12 August 2009, 19:06 in

It just goes to show that even when you think you know what the day will have in store, a surprise is always possible.

Silverlink NR and Blyth Dunes

Posted on 21 July 2009, 21:50 in

A local nature reserve that’s actually worthy of the name, and a very obliging Stonechat on my local beach.

The best of a bad job

Posted on 3 June 2009, 20:50 in

A brief after-work call into St Marys.

A turn around the lake...

Posted on 30 May 2009, 12:49 in

A visit to the QE II Country Park in Ashington.

Meadow Pipits at St Marys

Posted on 24 May 2009, 19:13 in

At last, some nice light and (relatively) obliging birds.

Druridge Bay

Posted on 22 May 2009, 17:57 in

A trip up the coast to Druridge – another one that didn’t go quite to plan.

Something to crow about...

Posted on 20 May 2009, 16:49 in

The beach at St Mary’s – no waders, and no light…

St Mary's again

Posted on 9 May 2009, 12:17 in

Sore foot, stupid dogs, stupider owners, shouting, swearing, sun, sand, Swallows and Sanderlings!

A bad day...

Posted on 3 May 2009, 10:45 in

A day that went from really promising to really painful in just one step…

Tynemouth

Posted on 19 April 2009, 22:01 in

What’s a nice gull like you doing on a page like this?

Misty St Mary's

Posted on 3 April 2009, 20:46 in

St Mary’s again – the birds were obliging, but the misty weather kept me on my toes…

Marden Quarry

Posted on 29 March 2009, 18:41 in

Marden Quarry in Whitley Bay (NE England) is a pleasant place to while away a few hours.

St Mary's and Hartley

Posted on 21 March 2009, 14:41 in

The usual suspects at my usual local haunts.

Thropton and Caistron

Posted on 20 March 2009, 14:33 in

A day in North Northumberland – the River Coquet and Caistron Nature Reserve.

Bird Forum Bash

Posted on 16 December 2007, 18:27 in

Along with a handful of other brave souls, I braved sub-zero temperatures – and no birds – on the annual Bird Forum Kite Bash

Windy day at the beach

Posted on 9 December 2007, 19:52 in

Another look at my local beach – on a very breezy day.

A day at the harbour

Posted on 11 November 2007, 23:05 in

A good day at the harbour today – some good birds and some good “crack”.

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