Thursday, December 31, 2009

BTO Atlas TTV 28th December

An enjoyable day. Sunny (mainly) - cold but without the usual sheppey biting wind!

See Devil Birders blog- David Campbell and Phil Wallace blogs alongside for photo's.

I planned on doing a couple of hours on my 1st Winter visit to my tetrads. I spent much longer but hey it was cool!

Great seeing Seth the Gibster and his other half Sam plus Glen again.
Kent birders - I hassled them al - as I want them to submit roving records!

then David and Phil - which was really nice as I only knew them from the internet!

Great birds too.....BOP -including Peregrine, Kes and Sprawk plus Marsh Harriers and lovely Hen Harriers of both genders.
Dizzies everywhere how to count em accurately? Well I did my best - it was when the 1000plus went up that it got tricky! Just doule the number u first thought and thats pretty accurate-underestimating is my folly!

37 Bewicks flew over our heads calling - delightful!
Masses of Mute Swans - I like the description given of them in a "herd"!
All birding done from the road as the water meadows were in need of waders and I didn't wporry the farmer as it was still Christmas!

When I go down for the 2nd winter visit - I shall walk all over the farm land as well. (have permission on one tetrad - the other I shall have to look at from different angles but still am able to walk along footpaths to cover quite a bit.

Lapwings by the hundreds- curlew - one spied and 15 Ruff plus all sorts!

I'm off to sort out my Sussex list!

Oh the Kent list shown on the blog is since 2004 when I re started birding seriously - I have still to find my schoolgirl diaries (in the loft somewhere) to check on any other species that I know I saw but not sure where!

2010 is the year when I attempt to get my Kent and Sussex lists respectable!
oh and sort out a London List as well - so unless its a Lifer or UK lifer I shant be travelling all over the UK (except holls on Shetland!) - perhaps a visit to Norfolk just because I have to, but I am not year listing this year.

I do have some rather important other stuff to get on with as well!LOL!

England win!

Yes - England win a Test away!

2nd Test in Durban and England win a Innings and 98 runs!

Well done Graeme Swann or Swanny! and both Batsmen who were under pressure score a hundred each.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thinking about SA and birding!

Well a couple of forum friends in SA have just got back from the Kruger NP and had some great birding, despite the weather!

In freezing conditions here I would prefer their mixture of weather!

Wonder why I am not there now? Oh yes not enough money!

2nd Test starts on Boxing Day .......

but here are two great photo's of BoP.
Sal (also known as Salamanda on here )

took these recently - the Brown Snake Eagle and the African Hawk Eagle (AHE is exceptional!)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brown Shrike - Staines Moor

Well its the local patch - one of them!
Our visiting rare bird - appears to have gone missing following the snow- or has it relocated within the patch?
A visit today is called for - just got to find the thermals!

Here is one of the best photo's I have seen of "my" Shrike, thanks to Phil Wallace for permission to post on my blog. There is a link to Phils interesting blog on my links.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lloyds Building

A friend is working in the Financial district of London this week and his blog is full of pics of the area. It reminded me of the time I was teaching in Tower Hamlets and my chaps were out on work experience all over London. Lots in the City!
I was also involved with TH Business Enterprise - best visits were to Lloyds -
(to be continued!)