The Elusive Cuckoo

The Cuckoo is a bird that was often heard but rarely seen, nowadays it isn’t heard that often either. As I’ve been roaming about the countryside I feel that I’ve been lucky if I hear one a year these days and until this occasion I had never actually seen one. This particular Cuckoo was photographed…

Dippers

Dippers are a bird that I have long wanted to photograph but one that I have found difficult to locate or track down, even asking around has brought little success. However an opportunity arose and I jumped at it.Dippers are quite a small, plumpish bird with a small erect tail that live and breed by…

Kingfisher Paradise

The Kingfishers that we have here in the UK are quite stunning little birds but the first one that I saw was in South Africa. Since that first sighting I have become hooked on the tiny beauties and have photographed them many times now. However, we only have the one species here, so when I’m…

Wetland Birds in Spring

Following on from the Woodland Birds article, this entry features the birds that can be seen at Mere Sands Wood and Martin Mere. The chicks are beginning to venture out onto the pools and ponds accompanied by their protective parents (except for the Coots that is) and they are much easier to capture photographically than…

Woodland Birds in Spring

Spring has certainly sprung during the last few weeks and I’ve been out with my camera to see and capture what’s’ been happening. It’s the time of year when the woodland birds are seeking partners, nesting and bring up their offspring and is probably the busiest time of year for these creatures. It has been…

Kingfisher Pair

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got around to processing the Kingfisher images that I shot earlier in the month. We were treated to a superb spectacle as both the male and female were present at times during the day. In fact, three times we witnessed the male passing fish to his partner…

Brockholes

I spent an hour and a half  having a gentle stroll through Brockholes reserve looking for subjects to point the camera at. There wasn’t much to see out on the water that were within shooting distance but there were quite a few woodland birds scooting about. I paused for ten minutes to see what stopped…