Saturday, July 17, 2010


Following on from Thursday's filming trip, I'm back in Hampshire where I have taken over Joe's sofa-bed for the weekend.
I've spent the morning pottering around on a local nature reserve here. Nothing too hardcore but some nice bits 'n' bobs to keep my occupied. A Common Sandpiper was in a tree by the main lake, a Kingfisher was zipping around, a female Sparrowhawk carrying prey and a Buzzard passed over, the pair of Great Crested Grebes had three stripy chicks, and a male Cetti's Warbler was indulging in some sub(ish)-song. A Gadwall with a duckling was interesting - as far as I know, there haven't been any male Gadwalls on the lake since winter, only Mallards, so the youngster could end up looking 'interesting' when it grows up a bit. Also plenty of insects about.
As per, photos taken with phone.
Juv Chiffchaff. One of a few around, with one even attempting (and largely failing) to sing. A quiet "chiff chaff chuff chiff chaff chuff chiff chaff chaff chaff chaff", the last bit reminiscent of ibericus...

Enallagma cyathigerum

Lots of these.

Common Sand.

And some 'fun' ageing Mallards. Probably not such a difficult task at this time of year but knowing what to look for might be interesting later in the year.

NB Shagged tail, already.

NB Lack of primaries...