More Egrets

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
A recent post showed little egrets at Leighton Moss.I am now posting more images of little egrets and two cattle egrets which were on show at RSPB Marshside.The little egrets were showing well in front of Nel's Hide and made for some nice images.Some nice take off and landing images were obtained as the egrets came in from time to time to fish close to the hide.A nice surprise was to discover that two cattle egrets were also present but at some distance from the hide.These two cattle egrets have been around at Marshside for some time.They may even be breeding nearby and are part of a recent influx into the country.This is yet another sign of a warming climate and it would be nice to see them here on a permanent basis.The last two images show the distant cattle egrets with their nice orangey crowns and bills.Hope you enjoy the images above a...
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Some you lose and then you win big time

The Safari had a good start to the week with some decent weather and a flat calm sea giving us an early morning Harbour Porpoise and a couple of Grey Seals. The tide was out and what we wanted to photograph was well out of range. Back in the office we had an email from SD telling us he'd had at least one Bottlenose Dolphin too. The following day we were out with the camera again to try to photograph our target species for the Year Bird Challenge but a scan of the sea didn't reveal any at all but there was a flock of lively gulls away to our north. A good look at those was called for in case any of our quarry were with them although they were too far away to even think about aiming the camera in that direction.There was a reason for the commotion - a big splash and a dark shape burst through the water's surface. Still too far awa...

Worst ever seawatch in south-westerlies?

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Nowt in about an hour on and off on incoming tideOutfalls/Red NabCommon Tern - a welcome Adult feeding and restingTern spp - very brief view facing away - think it flew into bay (yesterdays Sandwich?)Med Gull - ad and 3CY but disappeared very quickly and not there after 0900Redshank - 2...

Thursday – bowl hopping fish

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Some goldfish have been around for some time in the dog walk pond and seem to have hybridised with ?roach which have similarly been put in there.  Hope this springs wintering Bittern can find them in 2017/8Thanks MalcolmOutfalls/Red Nab near HTMed Gull - 2-3 Ad and a different 3CYSandwich Tern - adult outfallsGrey Seal - 1...

Down But Not Out….Quite.

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After This amazing record of 20 Avocet on Conder Pool last Saturday,  my efforts three days later on Tuesday, turned up just five adult and only one young, that's a staggering fourteen birds - five adult and nine young - down on Saturdays count. But ne'er mind, lets be positive, they were probably all out of view in some hidden corner.Avocet. Pete Woodruff.The only young Avocet seen Tuesday, one of the 22 May birds, growing nicely and looking good....which is more than can be said for the photograph.Common Tern Conder Pool 20 June. Pete Woodruff.The Common Tern family were also looking good, with one of the young looking through the perspex like a kid at a bedroom window....excellent stuff.A wander along the coastal path to Glasson Dock and return via the canal was rewarded by excellent views of a Sed...

Speaker Team volunteer

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Quick summary:  Our Volunteer Speakers undertake speaking engagements on behalf of LWT throughout the year. A variety of talks have been developed by the team aimed at a range of different audiences and bookings are received from a wide range of groups. If you have experience of public speaking, are confident and articulate and happy to give talks to local groups in you local area please read our full role description by clicking here. Location:  Venue of Talk read more...

Dark Green Fritts and Large Skipps and other bits! (22nd June 2017)

Posted on - In I Love Arnside & Silverdale
Dark Green Fritillary taken today in Dalton (Click over to enlarge)Thursday 22nd June 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1500hrs to 1630hrsMy intentions today were purely to go and check out the new possible Scollie "Crispum" fern in Dalton Crags.  A quick check on the "Marginatum" on the way up through the Crags and eventually arriving at the place were we have the new young Crispum! but on arrival it was one of those days when you get a nice shock, let me explain.  Whilst setting up to take photographs (as windy as it was), I quickly became aware that a brand new baby Crispum had appeared as if from nowhere, and what a little beauty this looks like it might turn out to be.  Just look at the wavy edge it already producing - I just can't wait to see this in maturity.  For now we do have this photo - like I say it was very windy for t...

Back In Bowland

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
Tuesday morning saw me take to the hills in Bowland to carry out a site visit to look at the condition of two areas of species rich grassland. My client's farm is full of breeding waders as he farms exceedingly sympathetically to cater for them; he's amended some farming practises to reduce any potential impact on eggs and chicks, created habitat features such as scrapes to provide additional habitat and adjusted stocking densities to create the correct sward heights. He's a great bloke!Walking between the two fields that I had to survey it was obvious that most of the waders had finished breeding. Nearly all of the Lapwings had gone and just a few pairs of Curlew and Oystercatcher were still about. I had an interesting first wader breeding record for the farm in the form of a Common Sandpiper. I can't claim any credit for discovering this ...
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First Moths For A While

Posted on - In Fleetwood Birder
I ran my garden moth trap for the first time a few days ago and had a pleasing little catch, well for me anyway. I don't like to catch too many as it takes me quite a while to go through them, mainly because I don't run my trap often enough to get my eye in. However, I caught 21 moths of eight species as follows:Brimstone - 2Sallow Kitten - 2Garden Carpet - 4Riband Wave - 1Heart and Dart - 4Dark Arches - 3The Flame - 2Large Yellow Underwing - 3Brimstone Sallow Kitten...

Greendale Wood

Posted on - In Elizabeth Mills
Had an enjoyable evening "walk"(273m) arranged by Clitheroe Naturalists around Greendale Wood, Grindleton. I think the poor weather forecast put people off as only three of us turned up. The weather threatened all the time with the odd spot of rain and roll of thunder but we managed a good couple of hours searching for plants, insects and birds. We now have a nice initial list of species that hopefully will allow naturalists in 20, 50 or even 100 years time to see how the woodland has changed and developed over time. More importantly for me I got to see some really lovely insects. All identifications are merely my best stab at it, please feel free to say if they are wrong.Forest Shieldbug Pentatoma rufipes (final instar) found feeding on Hazel.Common Froghopper Philaenus spumarius these were abundant on nettles and other vegetationFlower bu...
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