Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Easter Weekend

Saturday saw us heading up to Otterburn with a couple of Common Buzzards on the way there. First thing was to refuel at Otterburn Mills and then head for the road alongside Harwood Forest. Once onto the high ground there were plenty of Curlew, Pipit, Skylark, Kestrel, Buzzard. We went into Harwood village and saw what could only be described as a blizzard of Chaffinch around the feeders in the gardens -never seen as many.

Had a look at Rothley Lake where there were Canada Geese and Little Grebe. A walk along part of Fontburn produced Willow Warbler and Curlew and this delicate fungi.

Sunday's visit to a family party took us through Rowlands Gill and I could not resist capturing a pic of one of a group of four Red Kite over the village.

Monday saw us up at Hauxley, where we were again well looked after by family. There was a Bar Headed Goose goose in the fields west of the pond with the Greylag flock. So presumably this is an escapee.

On the water were Red Breasted Merganser, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Curlew, Redshank, Goosander, Greylag.

Also a pheasant came under attack by Lapwing although it did appear to be ready to stand its ground at least for a while anyway


Birding about Northumberland said...

You take some wonderful photo's what camera do you use or digiscope set up? Im thinking of investing in some new equipment

Citybirding said...

Thanks Michelle,
Although I do some digiscoping almost all my recent pics are from a CanonPowershot SX10IS. It is a digital compact with 20x zoom. I wanted something that would fit in my coat pocket but good enough to get a decent pic to help identification when I'm on the trot.It does all of that.In fact it can be set up to produce a pic good enough for web page, not paper printing, at 80x and you dont need a tripod since the image stabilisation system is good. I think I paid around £280 for camera, case, 4gb card from Comet.