Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Hi everyone. Nothing special for you this week I’m afraid. I just have these rainbow pictures for you. Last week, whilst at work we had a beautiful rainbow appear. The sky was really dark and ominous and all these birds flocked towards our direction and then the rain started. The rainbow didn’t take long to appear and it was a full semi circle rainbow. I was really chuffed that I saw it as it was so beautiful and big and bright. The pictures I got don’t really do it justice unfortunately. Hope you enjoy them though.

Seagulls across the rainbow

Rainbow

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Don’t forget I have many more pictures on my Flickr page. I have more bird pictures coming soon so look out for those.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Walking at Testwood Lakes



Hi guys. I mentioned in my last post that we have been out walking a lot recently. We are trying to get out every weekend. This is great for our health but also great for this blog too as I get to go bird spotting with my camera.

A couple of weeks ago we went walking very locally to a place called Testwood Lakes. This site is based just next to Southampton and is very beautiful. I can’t believe I’d never been before seeing as it is literally 5 or 10 minutes away in the car.

There are a few beautiful lakes there and a ton of wonderful birds. When we went, it was all white with frost everywhere and parts of the lakes were frozen. It was pretty stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We saw many birds that I had never seen before which is always an awesome feeling. Enjoy the pictures! (Some are not very good because I was using my zoom lens and couldn’t get any closer)

The first one is of a couple of Fieldfare. I tried to get closer but only succeeded in scaring them off!

fieldfare

This below is a Redwing (small member of the Thrush family). Kudos to Brian who got it right even though I thought he’d made the name up!

Redwing Thrush

The next few are of one of my favourite types of bird- Canada Geese. The first one, as you can see, is of the Geese standing on the frozen lake.

geese on ice

Here they are in flight.

geese in flight

This is a photo of some Mallards, a Swan and some Black Headed Gulls (minus their black heads!)

water birds

This is a picture of a little Dunnock (formerly known as the Hedge Sparrow). This is a very little and pretty bird.

Singing Dunnock

This is a female Chaffinch on a feeder near a hide. Once again, a very beautiful little bird.

Chaffinch (female)

This is a Great Tit on the feeders at the hide.

great tit

I heard this very noisy Robin and turned and it was right in front of us. Here it is in full voice!

robin singing

This photo is of some gulls on the frozen lake. These are young Herring Gulls and Black Headed Gulls I think.

gulls on ice

This next photo is of a tree that has been inhabited by Woodpeckers. I was chuffed to bits when Brian pointed it out. I’ve never seen anything like it before! There were plenty of Green Woodpeckers about and also Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

woodpecker tree

The following photos show what the lakes and surrounding area looked like in the cold, cold frost. I am particularly pleased with these. They were taken with a smaller lens- not my 250mm zoom lens this time.

lake reeds

frosted reeds

reeds

This last one is my favourite.

frozen view 2

I have more photos from walks coming up. I never realised how many beautiful nature sites I had right on my own doorstep. Also, I have some pictures from my walk to work which has thrown up some surprising birds! (Well, surprising for me anyway!) Don’t forget to check out my Flickr site for more pictures.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Walks at Blashford Lakes

Hi again guys. Me and Brian have been going for walks on Sunday mornings to help us get more active and we recently discovered a place 15 minutes away called Blashford Lakes. I absolutely love it there! It is a Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust site and has an education centre, hides and viewing screens looking out onto many lakes. There are also a couple of hides with bird feeders outside the windows so you can sit and watch literally scores of birds at the feeders. It is a truly beautiful place made up of many lakes that used to be gravel pits and marshlands with walkways through, rivers, fields and woodlands. It is one of the nicest places to walk that I could even imagine. We have seen so many different types of birds there, some I had not even heard of before.

Unfortunately, I haven't been having much luck with my camera lately and I just keep on taking rubbish pictures. I really need to sit down and study. Hard. Anyway, here are some pictures from our last 2 weeks walks at Blashford Lakes. I have more pictures on my Flickr page don't forget.

This is the view of one of the lakes.

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A beautiful wren that stopped for a little while so I could take a couple of shots.

little wren

This is one of the feeders, covered with Green Finches and a Lesser Redpoll.

finches

This is a shot of a Crested Grebe. Very pretty bird.

grebe

This next one is pretty poor but it is a Great Spotted Woodpecker!

spotted woodpecker

This is a creepy old tree we saw that looked really cool against the blue sky.

old tree

This is one of the walkways through the marshes by the river. It is so cool when you're walking through, the pictures don't do it justice really.

footpath

This below is a Dunnock  (it used to be called a hedge sparrow). It was zoomed right in and I think through a window so it's not the best quality.

dunnock

This is the feeder again, this time with a few Green Finches male and female and a Great Tit. I could've sat there for hours if the other half had let me! ( Also low quality as it was taken through a fairly dirty window)

siskins and great tit

This below is a Lesser Redpoll. Very cool as I've never seen one before. Low quality again I'm afraid.

Redpoll

The next photo is of a Mistle Thrush which is a gorgeous bird.

Song Thrush

The next one is of a little Long Tailed Tit. These little birds are so cute and pretty, I get them in my garden sometimes too.

long tailed tit

This is a plain photo but just look at the number of birds on the water! There were literally hundreds of Coots, Mallards, Drakes etc...

hundreds of coots and ducks and drakes and more!

These are one of my favourites- Canada Geese. Very beautiful.

canada geese

This last one is of a Pied Wagtail. He stopped right on the rock and posed for me whilst I was taking pictures of the Gulls, so I had to photograph him. It isn't such a good photo as he was quite far away and I had to zoom right in.

pied wagtail

Thanks for looking at my pictures this week. I have some more coming up from another walk we took recently. Don't forget to check out my Flickr page for more of my pictures.