Paul King's Photography: Blog en-us (C) Paul King's Photography (Paul King's Photography) Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:15:00 GMT Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:15:00 GMT Paul King's Photography: Blog 120 96 A catchup on a theme, With the inclement weather continuing it has become difficult photographing species not done to death already this season, the hope is that as Autumn arrives some of the ,long awaited Waders will drop into the county, so far it has been pretty slim pickings.

So to keep in trim! who am I kidding? it was out as much as possible curtailed by a stint (sic) in Devon with mother not well. but even there some nice Gannet shots were had sadly,the hoped for Shearwater passage did not get seen, So with some nice weather and a well stocked garden there were lots of Macro opportunities so guess what? yup! here follows some of the bugs from a garden in North Devon. And a few other places.


Green tiger BeetleScope those Jaws.

Green Tiger beetle

Corazus Hyoscyami (Rhopatidae)

Now do I either use the Latin names or the "Vulgar" a paradigm which stumps me at time mostly as I don't know the Latin and the reference books are a bit thin on the ground here ceptin Birds and a few others..

Landing gear down Flaps hundreds.

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Apart from the in flight Bee the above are of the Hawthorn Sheildbugs a really cute (ish) bug .

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 Pantilius tunicatus . Shropshire

So as not bore anyone I shall complete this entry now and make a start on the next one to catch up. so thanks for the visit leave any comments and hope to see you again.




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Bugs and stuff With the weather being a bit iffy, there was a lot of editing and house chores needing to be caught up on, So taking the Macro out and having it ready was quite entertaining. The Lavender was earning it's keep with an average of thirty Bees, of various species moving amongst the flower heads. These proved a brilliant distraction from cleaning and washing.




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So there a very easy blog for a change, and proved an interesting time identifying some of the species, and education indeed

enjoy and until the next one

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A right good looking bird!  The 4am start for a long drive over to deepest darkest Wales was the start to what proved to be a stunning trip, The target this time was the Ynslas Estuary, the aberdovey to be correct, and there had been reports of a 1st Summer Female King Eider on the small river mouth of the Leri.

An early start proved the key as the boats from this inlet had not yet started to ply  the waters so all was quiet.

So with wet feet from the misted grass we arrived to a right good looking bird on the river Leri.

And it performed very nicely thank you.


 A bit of a shake after a longish dive was the first shot of the day.

Diagnostic or what?

1st-Winter-female-King-Eider-YN1st-Winter-female-King-Eider-YN Followed with a bit of coy posing showing some fine detail.

And then the first boats started up and she moved toward the river mouth this was the last shot we were able to get as she found herself a nice dry islet and settled down to have a kip.

1st-winter-female-King-Eider-YN-21st-winter-female-King-Eider-YN-2 We waited for a long time but the boats kept coming and going so there was no sign of her returning

So it was of to the services for a good bacon butty and a coffee

So the early birders got the shots they were after albeit a bit distant.

Hope you have a great day tomorrow.



]]> (Paul King's Photography) aberdovey boats ceredigion eider female king leri mist mussles river summer wales water wet ynslas Sat, 08 Jul 2017 23:48:31 GMT
They start to fly in June and July! includes the Emperors clothes WhiteYou would normally expect in June and July or at least assume, that the sun will shine and all those lovely bugs and butterflies will be on the wing. So having to sit out some pretty drastic weather, wet and dreary was a real pain. So it was clean kit and grab whatever chance came along to get out. The sudden news on the grape vine was of Bee Eaters in Notts, and as they were close by it was a no brainer. Arrival was well early with only a few cars parked up, so kit on and trek down to the site for exciting birds.

They were distant and staying that way as they took foraging flights and not very often failing to catch Bees and other prey. Bee-Eater--Trio-ELBee-Eater--Trio-EL

Like the occasional Dragonfly.

The sky was overcast for a fair portion of the morning but as the light improved they looked stunning.


Bee-Eater-EL-2aBee-Eater-EL-2a The only real close low level bee chase.

This was the start of a brilliant weekend. Always keeping an eye on the flight times of Butterflies, it was time for a few nice ones hopefully.

One that was wanted is the Purple Emperor,  So a trip to Northamptonshire to Fermyn Woods  was done, as it was the closest place to find them.

The morning broke with a fantastic sunrise, bright and very few clouds in the sky. So spirits were high.

Arriving to find the pay and display machine had been stolen!!! and a sign saying "get tickets at café", which did not open for around two and a half hours. Sod that, it was off we went, bit of blind leading the blind really , White Admiral was a good starter for the day. a record view of an Emperor and Purple Hairstreak  only, but we got the info of where the most likely spot might be and off we went.

There were a lot of Butterflies seen, Comma, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Skipper and Large Skipper, Purple Hairstreak, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Green-veined White. Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood and White Admiral, just no Emperors. It was a long trudge back to the car for coffee and a re-think. the breeze was dropping and the clouds dispersing , a hurried lunch was had.

And back along the main track, with a lot of stops for various Butterflies. I glimpsed a movement in the old peripheral vision, which was a miracle in it self,,, and there on the floor in front of me was the target a beautiful Purple Emperor mineralising,  the sun was really showing the purple sheen on the upper wing beautifully.

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And the Purple Hairstreak is just as spectacular when the sun gets on it.

Purple-Hairstreak-PH-16Purple-Hairstreak-PH-16 The Purple Hairstreak.

Purple-Hairstreak-PH-16-1Purple-Hairstreak-PH-16-1 The beautiful purple sheen.

And the last for this

Blog post.

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So a totally thrilling weekend a lot of miles but some reward! or what?


So there it is until the next time.

in the meantime go and enjoy some Nature




]]> (Paul King's Photography) admiral bee colours eaters emperor hairstreak leake nottinghamshire purple white white admiral Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:48:39 GMT
Norfolk part two, Earth Dwellers.  Travelling around Norfolk you can't help but come across the ubiquitous Brown Hare, feeding and cavorting around the fields along with Red-legged Partridge, and the now rare in many counties the Grey Partridge, Marsh Harriers and buzzards squabbling over carcases, Red Kites soaring the field margins and the worlds supply of Woodpigeons!

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You know this gaudy little Partridge is also referred to as the French Hen in parts, with some saying the markings resembles the make up of the old women knitting at the Guillotine. Or some other such tale.

Like I said Brown Hares seem to be every where you looked, I think that might be an overstatement just seemed like it.

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tHE-bROWN-hAREtHE-bROWN-hARE And again!

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And he finds her so it's out for dinner.

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Swallowtail-headon.Swallowtail-headon. Swallow-tail-on-ThistleSwallow-tail-on-Thistle Such a beautiful sight and a first for me in UK.

It being the penultimate day news broke of a very nice female Red-necked Phalarope at WWT Welney

So another first for the UK and if still there a great catch, and it was on both counts.

Red-necked-Phalarope-a-Red-necked-Phalarope-a- Beautiful Female.

Red-necked-Phalarope-cRed-necked-Phalarope-c Stunner.

Red-necked-Phalarope-bRed-necked-Phalarope-b Could not have wished for better views.

And to bring a fantastic trip to a close and being on the route back to Shropshire it would have been rude not to stop for a quick Stone Curlew, and as it would have it on display really nicely,

Stone-Curlew-WH-2017Stone-Curlew-WH-2017 So the four days were over and what a four days they had been fantastic birds all round a trio of UK firsts amongst the rain wind and sunshine brilliant so can it be a repeat trip on sept or October for some more super birds on revers migration? I am sure you will find out




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Norfolk escapades.  

 Norfolk always seems to turn up some fantastic photo opportunities all over the place and it did not disappoint this time either.

The day of arrival it was brilliant a little wind but no rain thankfully, But that night the forecast was for high winds gusting up to 50MPH, it wasn't wrong the next morning it was peeing down and getting blown sideways along the causeway to the hide, thank goodness for Paramo jacket and trouser I stayed dry as a bone.


Reflective Lapwings.

The first bird to present itself literally was the Cetti's as getting set up photo's were taken at close quarters but not by me ,Bugger. But then out of nowhere a nice Turtle Dove dropped in to a naked tree and posed really well.

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Turtle-Dove-TitchwellTurtle-Dove-Titchwell Turtle Dove in mid preen.

An amazing period of time early morning in the car park at Titchwell RSPB reserve. And was so confiding as we moved around trying to find the best position.

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Spotted some breakfast perhaps?

The harbour also frequented by Common and Sandwich Terns.

Young-AvocetYoung-Avocet Avocet chicks were plentiful with very attentive and protective parents watching every Black-headed Gull.

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Now-whatNow-what And there were plenty of young birds around being fed.

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Juv-Long-tailed-TitJuv-Long-tailed-Tit Young Long-tailed Tit.

Days two and three were the same wet and windy to the n'th degree, so we moved away a bit from the coast and struck it lucky, with Brown Hares, red-legged Partridge and Grey Partridge and the car never moved amazing. time to say the least. So check in again for another episode from Norfolk

laters peeps.


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Avocet Brancaster Broad Dove Gull Harbour Hickling Little NWT RSPB Tern Titchwell Turtle Dove Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:57:05 GMT
Goodness what a time. It has been a little while since the last entry to the Blog, and it has been a real busy period indeed, flitting around some wonderful places north and south with dare I admit it a Twitch! so between Burton Mere, Leighton Moss Strawberry Banks and north Wales it was hectic to say the least.

So what on earth was achieved with this frenetic rush around? I shall show you with a little blurd for each picture. and even might have do a part two to ensure you get the full monty!

A blast from the past that never got blogged.

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How I missed it out I don't know.

And so to start with some of the earlier periods of the month.

Avocet-Woodlane-2017Avocet-Woodlane-2017 Avocet at Woodlane Shropshire, and it was a one day wonder thankfully it was got.

bUFF-SAND-3bUFF-SAND-3 The Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Burton Mere Cheshire

A fantastic find which thankfully stayed for the masses, A first in the UK for me so I was welled pleased to say the least.

As the following one or two might attest to !

Buff-breasted-Sandpiper-a-BM-2017Buff-breasted-Sandpiper-a-BM-2017 Bully-Boy-and-Buff-breasted-SandpiperBully-Boy-and-Buff-breasted-Sandpiper Buff-breasted-and-Blackwit-BM-2017Buff-breasted-and-Blackwit-BM-2017 A stunning little wader indeed.

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Elan Valley was the next port of call for some really nice close encounters with some nice birds and a fantastic pasty Mmmmm!

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SPOTTED-FLYCATCHER-EV-2017SPOTTED-FLYCATCHER-EV-2017 The Spotted Flycatcher. these birds were not long on site and busy searching out partners and nest sites in the woods opposite the Visitor centre

I thought I would have do the Part 1 and 2 scenario this time round so as to ensure you get the full picture, so keep an eye out for part two in the next few days..


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Anglesey Black Buff-breasted Sandpiper Cemlyn Coast Flycatcher Redstart Sandwich Sea Tern White migration whitethroat Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT
A little of what you fancy With the finding of the Night Heron at Venus Pool it produced a mini twitch by many a birder from as far as Ireland. Many Photographs have appeared since it re-located to the Dingle In Shrewsbury Giving many some fantastic photo opportunities. So not be left out here is one of a few from me.

along with a catch up from the month so far.

Night-Heron-cNight-Heron-c The Night Heron.

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Whitethroat-a-BB-2017Whitethroat-a-BB-2017 And a bit quieter.

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Garden-Warbler-CC-2017Garden-Warbler-CC-2017 Also in full song.

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Dotterel-LM-a-2017Dotterel-LM-a-2017 A nice Dotterel on the Long Mynd a fantastic "got it" for the day, an earlier check produced no sightings but lots of swirling mist about at that point.

Dotteral-LM-2017-5Dotteral-LM-2017-5 The other of the pair in the driving rain and cold wind.

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There you go catch up done for now.

more to come later I Hope.



]]> (Paul King's Photography) Garden Heron Night Sedge Warbler WarblerNight Whitethroat Wood Tue, 09 May 2017 01:44:32 GMT
The Shropshire Quartet WOW!  Since late Autumn last year (2016), Yellow-browed Warblers were being reported from all over the UK, even one in a garden in Condover the other side of Shrewsbury, did I go to see it ? well of course! but even two trips failed to find the little blighter, So I resigned myself to a trip to Kinver to get an all too brief a view, but a view it was and so on the year list it went. Nothing more was heard from the county until One was found practically on my doorstep, well guess what, late Sunday afternoon I was, with one other late arrival, scouring the copse where it was last seen. An hour passed and the light was fading when suddenly it was found high up, feeding frantically. Boom! My first for the county was had. I was well chuffed.

There followed over the next few days several more visits until finally it was to appear less than 20 feet away feeding in a sycamore sapling, to my delight, and so it was photographed.



The Yellow-browed Warbler.

Then odd as it may be, near a year to the week an Iberian Chiffchaff re-appeared at the same site as last year, the Granville Country park, well not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth so to speak, it was duly visited and sure enough true to its form was singing it's head off. Not as showy as last year but on the odd occasion it was low and close.

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A stunning Iberian Chiffchaff.

What a brilliant start to the month, what on earth could trump these two little beauties? It did not take long before news broke of a mega for the county found at Venus Pool, an adult Night Heron, I had to read that tweet twice! Coffee thrown into travel mug, bag and tripod in car and away within five minutes, it was with bated breath as I was held up by every tractor in the county on a go slow, eventually they moved over and in a couple of minutes I had arrived to a surprisingly near empty carpark, I had beaten the crowds, yay!.

I was soon onto the bird which had backed it self into the vegetation at the side of the pool, a difficult shot with all the obstructions so it was only record shots I'm afraid.

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The Night Heron.

Wow! What a week this turned out to be, unbelievable, But wait! A Shorelark photographed on Titterstone Clee, NO! WTF! Really! As it transpired, it had been reported way back in the March, so for it to still be here was amazing knowing how busy that place gets with walkers etc.

And so on the road direct from Venus pool for a second fantastic bird of the weekend, as the trip was fraut with, is it still there?

Arriving to find others encamped and watching the ridge intently for any sign of the Lark. Then, BOOM! high on the ridge OMG fantastic bird, it gradually descended to a much more manageable distance, I remained at the base of the hill as others climbed up for better access, and down it came, so Shorelark got!


The Shorelark.

Well the week came to an end with all got and two gone, So it was back to looking and waiting for the migrants to return to territories with lots more stuff still to arrive.

So watch this space







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Rare Siberian visitor to Telford Shropshire. Nearly every year I make the effort to catch up with any Yellow-browed Warblers, well those within fuel allowance at least. If you consider the weight being barley more than a Goldcrest, and the distance they travel from the Siberian Taiga they deserve to be seen and admired for their endurance. 2016 saw one in Condover Shropshire which proved too elusive for me, so I went for the one at Kinver and very nice it was too. But to distant for any photo's. So how pleased was I when there was one reported virtually on the doorstep so to speak, 2.5 K,meters away in Shawbirch. Needless to say I was like a dog with two tails to catch up with it on the Sunday pm.

But still remained absent from the lens unfortunately, so it was go back and go back, until BOOM! nailed it! and a stupid grin on the Boat race. So why was I pleased let me show you.

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Virtually all of the time was spent grabbing aphids and any other insects it could get hold of, interspersed with a bit of calling and preening but rarely still for more than a few seconds at a time. Assuming it has spent the winter somewhere in the county and how tatty it is things can only improve along with plumage I wonder how long it will stay in this little copse ?

So if you can go try and hook up with this little star.



]]> (Paul King's Photography) Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:02:37 GMT
March the Thirty oneth! can you believe it? Tomorrow is the start of another new month, April first, and with the slight improvement in the weather we find Pied Flycatcher are back on station, Willow Warblers singing from the tree tops Ospreys at or on way to their preferred nesting sites across the country. how happy are the watchers out there as more new birds will be added to the year list, with many hoping to achieve the 200 total or better. And with the warmer weather the chance of an overshoot always being hoped for. So what has been going on over the last few weeks? not a lot but a few nice things came about as the days went by, so to start with Shoveler are displaying as are Mute swans, all involving lots of head bobbing and chuntering loudly. I shall keep this short as the sun is shining out there and I am off to enjoy it.. So here you go.


Meadow Pipit early morning light.


Red Grouse in morning sunshine.


Mute Swans Grebesque.


Female Red-breasted Merganser.


Wheatear on South Stack.



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Stonechat on Gorse.

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And again a lovely male.

So all caught up at last, thank goodness,

You know I feel a Rant coming on,,, so here's the thing, if we take the number of dogs in the country and the average weight of their droppings  at 1kg that will amount to a whole pile of shit, we would be getting into the realms of unbelievable piles of shit! Yes! many owners pick it up bag it and walk of with it,, until they can not find anywhere to put it, no bins. So the result is "no one looking I shall sling into the trees, where it will hang for anything up to 5 years or more. this is most prevalent on Nature Reserves and the like. AND NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT! however get a photo of culprit\s and send to council with vehicle Reg if you can get it, the council will prosecute with sufficient evidence,,, or retrieve it and give it to them back hang it on their wipers, they don't like that at all. So go on chase your parish, town and county council to provide bins ,,, recycle some old oil drums and empty them !!! cant see it happening oddly enough....






]]> (Paul King's Photography) Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:27:50 GMT
Madness in March Fly Fishing!

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 I know it has nothing to with the intended March Madness! Just like the story here and the unknown ending.

Anyhow I digress a little, the idea for March was to trawl the fields of the North of the County (Shropshire) on the hunt for The Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus). All the normal haunts seem to be devoid of anything remotely like them, where there was normally several there were none! But eventually a pair were found and putting on a show for me closer than I was expecting.


Just love those ears.


The gentle approach.


A few jitters.


She is not happy and he is expecting the ensuing slap.


And the next.

slappedslapped after these it heated up.


And the old left right combo.


A leap of faith gets a severe kicking.


And finally he, Percy verance! gets his reward for all the battering and rejection he got.

So a successful hunt in the end, but it reflects the serious amount of shooting taking it's toll on the Shropshire populations, also the coursers illegally hunting them is it any surprise they are difficult to find..

well hope you come back soon..







]]> (Paul King's Photography) Brown Hare Fishing Fly Grebe Hares Hunting Lepus Little Shropshire brown fields mammal Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:58:14 GMT
It's all kicking off!  So is March proving as good as I supposed in the last Blog post? well the short answer is yes! and thirteen days later there has been a lot of movement as the first migrants start passing through the county. Wheatear, Sand Martin, Whitethroat to mention a few. As you can imagine getting to where they may be does involve a load of travelling about the county.

The mating rituals are really evident, Robins singing and displaying, Coot being as aggressive , even more so than normal, Shoveler head bobbing and mallard gangs chasing lone females all over the water. Little Grebes vocalising loudly with the odd bit of displaying going on.

One of the many Shoveler in flight displays.



Redshank drops in during its movement north.

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Common Snipe were displaying in flight to the females.

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The numbers in the Linnit flock were very good indeed.


A few of the moments from last week, But being March it surly must be time to search the county for Mad March Hares.

Hmmm! we shall see what I find.

see you in a little while.


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Cadis Fly Linnit Migration Redhank chasing displaying enus grebe little mallard pool shoveller Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:08:02 GMT
Shhhh! softly softly catchy goosander! The local fishing pool occasionally hosts different birds, mostly Mallard, Black-headed gulls, Canada Geese and the odd farmyard species. But on the odd occasion, and it is only a small urban pond, the lovely Goosander makes an appearance. This morning was one of those moments, in the pouring rain a pair of these superb birds made an appearance, with no kit with me it was a case of turn round and hightail it back for the camera and wet weather kit.

Fortunately they stayed put, so an approach behind the available cover allowed me a good close approach the rain damping my footsteps. it worked as they did not take flight as per normal, so a couple of shots were got before I could get to wet.


Male Goosander in todays Rain.

And the female.


I was happy to get these two together this morning, now there are a couple of other species picked up since the last episode of this blog.


One of those shots that you really have to be in the right place at the right time, Weed Dancing Great Crested Grebes, a fantastic performance to watch and even better when captured on camera.

The next species is also a great one to capture, The Green Woodpecker, more often than not heard and not seen as it calls from somewhere.

Here it is prospecting for a new nest site on this old stump.


Pleased with this as it was near two hundred feet away and there was a second bird present just could not get them together.

So March is already proving to be interesting and hopefully will increase as migration kicks in fully.


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Dancing Green Water Woodpecker female goosander male pair rain stealth stump weed wood Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:34:59 GMT
A little excitement in February again. February certainly tends to be a lack lustre month for many, resorting to the coastal sites for activity or crowding the honeypot site for what ever they can find. And so it seemed this year, mind you the weather was nearly pleasant for most of the month. So after the Hawfinch things went quiet. Until a nice find was had in Lincolnshire again,having dipped on the White-billed Diver there was some trepidation on getting up at 3AM for another Lincs  trip.

Arriving at Willow tree Fen LNR reserve before first light was a real bonus as only three or four others arrived at the same time ish! So coats on , nasty cold wind whipping across the fen, as usual! Kit ready and we were off. After about an hour it suddenly popped out from the reeds onto the path and proceeded to look for tid bits , A stunner The 1st winter male Blue Throat, so walkstool set up tripod and optics ready , it was not long before it was within range, in fact so close the Tele-Converter had to come off.

so what happened next? this.

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1st Winter male Bluethroat BluethroatBluethroat Now! you can't complain about the cold, when you are presented with crippling views like this. He continued to perform for the gathering crowd for quiet some time.


 A lovely Redpoll at the local reserve


And the lovely female


And a good view of the full colour coming to the for, just beautiful.

Strange to think that the last time I had a Bluethroat was also in Lincs at the Ouse washes way back in the mid seventies, but that really was a fleeting glimpse so I am very pleased to have this bird for February

Well march will soon be with us and promises to be outstanding, as it is the time off leaping , jumping and otherwise general running around! and then there is the hares...

So there you have it and hopefully next month Grebes weed dancing and Hares Boxing,

we'll see.

until then see you again?



]]> (Paul King's Photography) Blue Bluethroat LNR Lincolnshire Lincs Red Throat Vagrant White Willow tree fen migrant Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:03:37 GMT
Just look at that nose!  I almost forgot, the one species I had been after photographing for a while. This is the first time I had got close to these magnificent birds, A trip to the Forest of Dean got them on the list at last. strangely confiding and the light seemed to do them justice, anyway you decide.

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 A stunning bird, and that beak looks like it could do you some serious harm if it got your finger. The objective is to now get a decent out in the open shot of the Male, the one that did appear was not so brazen as the females were.


Cheers Paul

]]> (Paul King's Photography) Hawfinch beak colourfull large Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:07:06 GMT
A final catch up for January It's the last day of January and still a lot to do, so here you will find those photo's that did not make the cut previously.

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Common Buzzard

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Lonely !

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Knot and Oystercatcher

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Knot and Redshank

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Knot and Sanderling

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Landing Oystarcatcher

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Sanderling and escort

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It's cold up there.

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Jostling for position

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After failing to grab prey she came right over me.

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A little further out

I think that's about it for January now so hope you have enjoyed what is normally not so busy and it looks like February is going to up the game , I hope

I shall Blog as it happens well as soon as I can.

See you soon


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Buzzard Common Gull Hunt Knot Lesser-Black-backed Gull Meole North Ostercatcher Peregrine Redshank Sanderling Sea Snow Tide l parade waves Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:53:27 GMT
Another wild Goose chase and other stuff. With January closing in a couple of days, I realised I had not published an update on the state of things in my birding times out in the Bundoo! So here you are the latest bits and pieces from the last week or two.

So where do I start? Sunday the 22nd, but where to go ? Bitterns were showing well in a lot of locations, So it was decided to go for the birds at Slimbridge the WWT grounds in Gloucestershire. The birds were there and showing, not good but adequate but being a weekend and Sunday to boot big mistake! The hides with goodly birds on show were over packed. But moving around a few showed really well as did this one.

A very confiding Water Rail.

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Followed by a very small wader over at the Rushy Pen, again packed but accessible , the bird remained distant but with some careful technique it was had and on film, so to speak. This Little Stint had drawn some large crowds.

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So two very nice species got and others to have a go at, The Bittern was still a no go, due to it having reverted to skulking mode, So a little time scanning the flock of European White-fronted Geese, the initial count was at 159, brilliant number on the field down at the Kingfisher hide. It had been a while since my last meeting with this species. I was happy, photos were got at extreme distance of near 200 meters.

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The Last species got was the Common Crane, there were nine out on the tac piece, performing some half hearted dance, managed a few photos as the following attests to.

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And that wraps up this update for today, a goodly few birds and there's better to come

See you on the next missive



]]> (Paul King's Photography) Bittern Common Crane Geese Glouscestershire Little Stint Slimbridge Stint WWT Water Rail White fronted Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:11:37 GMT
I do like to be beside the seaside! on a high tide. Well Skinnygrove proved a fine success with some stunning views, in fact they were crippling. A couple of weeks later it was the turn of the Wirrel to host us, on another wind swept and very cold coast for the first Spring tide at 9.7mtr's  "ish". The draw here was the fact of high water and the 7 foot gap from road to possible tide line. Arriving at around 9:45 the place was vacant, apart from people draggers and ball chasers it was the perfect location. Now rather than being able to sit in the car and use the protection it afforded,  there was a metal railing at just the critical height (Bugger) So when the time arrived and the RSPB trailer with groupies was sorted, it was stool comfy for bums big, tripod and big guns on the prom. Wheres the coffee and ice cream when you want one?, The wind coming in from the Irish sea was rough chilling to the bone in minutes, thank goodness for Paramo.

So there is the where, and the why, but the what! was the best bit indeed, and following is a selection of the species that were wanted.


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A fine time was had with far to many photo's to show here so I have kept to some of the species captured , the flock numbers were not as extensive as reported the previous day but impressive all the same. The dropping tide proved more productive as the birds hit the freshly exposed sand and eel grass. A good area for this was around the RNLI and toilet block area produced some excellent sanderling and the odd plover or two.

So there you are, want some good and interesting birds for your camera give it a go, oh! and a warning if your partial to an ice cream on the beach bring your own along with a flask of hot tea or coffee.

Give it go


]]> (Paul King's Photography) Brent Dunlin Flocks Geese Knot RSPB Redshank Seaside coffee ell grass ice cream sea tea tide wind Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:53:36 GMT
Snow Buntings & Waxwings at the Seaside etcetera! Having dipped on the Black-throated Thrush, it was along the road to Conway, to B&Q in particular. No! not for some DIY bits, but for 37 Waxwings consuming the Rowan berries in the car park. And very obliging they were.


  One of the Waxwings at B&Q

It was a hard thing to get dragged away after only an hour of free entertainment. But stories of over confiding Snow Buntings on the local beach was something not to be missed , having missed them for a couple of years.

And confiding they were as close as to have to move back as they insisted in coming closer. fantasatic opportunity to say the least.

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Snow Buntings, as I said they were so confiding.

There was another beach that was beckoning and begging to be visited for an absolute stunning wee birdie, only trouble was it was a couple of hundred miles away in Cleveland, a small bay called Skinnygrove. So a stupid o'clock rise and of on another adventure . Arrival was into a wind whipping across the bay and driving the sand so hard exposed skin was stinging from the sand particles. The Eastern-black Redstart was initially skulking around among the boulders out of the wind, but gradually as the wind backed off, it began to be as showy as the Snow Buntings above.a stunning visitor to our shores and over five in the country, very territorial, chasing off food competitors with no delay. don't take my opinion see for yourself.

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A few cracking birds got for the 2017 album, and no doubt more to come,

why not come back for Blue Rock Thrush, Knot and Brent, Bean and Pink-footed Geese , Whooper and Bewick Swans also



]]> (Paul King's Photography) Black Cleveland Eastern North Redstart Rowen Seaside Snow Wales Waxwing berries bunting Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:27:11 GMT