Sunday, March 5, 2017


It was a dull cloudy day but being local to Southend on a mid week job I thought i would pay a visit,On the drive along near Rossi ice cream parlour I spotted a adult med gull in all its glory . I drove on to gunners park where there was some wader action and more med gullls. Shame the light was so poor.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great Grey Shrike and Waxwings

Whilst on a job at Hornchurch and Romford I jammed in two year ticks ,
The first being this cracking Great Grey Shrike from the Ingrebourne valley and a dozen Waxwings at A12 Romford which both gave great views.

This male Stonechat was still flitting about behind the garden fence in Northweald for three weeks but seems to of gone over the last few days .

We had a lot of cold foggy mornings in January. 

But also some nice cold sunny days .

Monday, January 9, 2017

stonechat garden mega

On Tuesday 3rd Jan I had a welcome visitor whilst looking out of the bedroom window. I see a distant bird and something wasn't normal .So I reached for my binoculars and sure enough a stonechat .I managed to fire off a few quick shots to document the record. Fortunately it returned later on that day but it was late and the light was getting dark.

After a few days I thought it would never return or hang around ,then at the weekend I spotted it again in the same place just over the garden fence and from the same bedroom window. 
 Not my best photos of a stonechat but who cares when you have a 1st patch/garden mega!

Friday, May 13, 2016

franklins gull

Upon arrival at Abberton there was no news on the franklins gull for the past 30mins but as I only had a 30mins stop off due to work I wasn't hopeful in seeing this yank. But after about 5mins someone shouted going left and I got on it straight away. Then for 10mins it flew around and gave me  some chances for a few photos.  Then I made my way back to work.
If only all twitches was like that !

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring update

So far so good and all going plan on the patch this spring. Just the one wheatear and one redstart both males which was a bonus. I say just one but one is better than none. I did get a patch tick not a bird but a grass snake early one morning and was very slow moving so give me a chance for some photos.

 Not my best photos but you have to grab a record shot if you can.

Adding to these crackers the common birds arrived as the do but more than happy to see them.

Common Chiffchaff



Hoping to improve on this photo and find a more confiding bird.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring so far

My first sign of spring was this chiffchaff on the 14th which was the first for the year on the patch

Then a patch tick with this little grebe on the water surrounding the 11th tee on the local golf course which was a nice surprise 

A pair of pied wagtails nest building

 A pair of kestrels in the area as last year on the patch

 And then this male wheatear was a very nice addition on the 3rd for the patch

I found a single greenshank in a muddy puddle on the A414 then the following day 3 turn up at Amwell on the 4th this time I had my camera and grabbed some record shots 

So far so good 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

I can't stop myself

When I am on the patch I can't stop myself photographing these grey wagtails. There what I call a half decent bird and keep me wanting more.


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