Venus Pools

Paid a visit to Venus Pools NR in February to grab some year ticks (Brambling was the target). A single male showed, but always distant and in the shade. I think he was wary of the Sparrowhawk, unfrotunately a Long-Tailed Tit wasn’t so cautious. Sometimes nature can be so cruel, but to witness something so quick and natural at such close quarters was unbelievable. There were 5 of us in the hide, and 5 lenses all pointing at the feeder, the Sparrowhawk was so intent on a meal, he even came back for seconds!

Nuthatch, Great-Spotted Woodpecker (x4), Long-Tailed Tit and plenty of other woodland birds made for a very rewarding day.

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Wigeon at Burton and Beluga Approach

Wigeon are lovely birds. Lucky to capture some in very good light back in February.

And then tried a new location for the Beluga landing at Hawarden, looking into the sun, but nice to get a different angle.

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Firecrest

At least 3 Firecrest were at Conwy RSPB from December 2019 to February 2020

I was lucky to photograph a couple over a few visits. Many, many hours stood in the same spot to get these little gems. Well worth it.

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Leighton Moss Bearded Reedlings

After drawing a blank at Burton Mere for almost 4 months, I gave up and paid a visit to Leighton Moss. Reedlings were showing VERY well along the causeway. Water Rail, Marsh Tit and Marsh Harrier also around.

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Weasel

Sometimes, you are in the right place at the right time

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Snow Buntings and Water Vole

With the water frozen over at Burton, I was hoping to grab some pictures of Bearded Reedlings foraging at the edge of the reedbed. No such luck. However, a Water Vole was hiding in a pile of cut reeds and made a dash for it over the ice.

Then on to Talacre to look for Snow Bunting. A single, unbelievably confiding bird, was feeding along the strand line

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Burton Kingfishers

Well, autum is the best time to see them. . .

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CQNR High Tide – 29th Sep 2019

Continuing on from the Kingfisher at the Spinnies, another distant one from CQ, along with high tide action from a Kestrel, Peregrine, Black Tailed Godwit and Common Redshank

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Spinnies Nature Reserve – 26th Sep 2019

For some reason, it’s been nearly 10 years since I last visited the Spinnies.

Kingfishers had been showing VERY well in front of the recently built Viley hide, however, today, they weren’t so photogenic. Pictures all from other hides

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Little Owls

An early morning start

A Hide

Little Owls

Lots of pictures . . . .

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