Sunday, 4 December 2016

Dismal Day


          Two hours searching for Crossbill & Brambling on a
          dark, cold, frosty and dismal morning up at Walshaw
          Dean but trying photography in this morning dull light is
          a nightmare, I need to get me a  £10'000 f2 lens ha ha
          ( In my dreams ). First birds I came across were 2
          male Pheasant as I was driving up to Walshaw, first
          birds on the moor were 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat,
          and Crows. Then up to the plantation in high hopes but
          nothing so I waited & waited & waited, finally I heard
          the Crossbill calling but at a distant and then they finally
          made an appearance about 6 of them but none came close
          to the pathway trees so getting a decent shot was difficult.
          A single Buzzard flew high overhead about 8 Goldfinch
          and similar number of Goldcrest were in the woods but
          no sign of the Brambling worst luck, and 2 Fieldfare were
          on the telephone wires.
                                               I was tired and cold so thought I'd
          have a look at Fly Flatts, Wainstalls and Soil Hill on the
          way home, I shouldn't have bothered as one Stonechat was all
          that was to be seen, even JL's Little Owl wasn't playing out.
          One Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch in the garden.
          I should've gone out later as the sun came out after 1 o'clock.

         


















4 comments:

  1. You managed some nice Crossbill shots there Dave, we just need them at Ogden now.

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  2. Glad you got the Crossbill Dave.A bit of a long drive.
    I've never seen one.
    Looking forward to getting mine on Back Lane this week.
    Keep bloggin....

    John

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  3. Was chuffed to find them but they were distant, gutted about not seeing any Brambling or Raptors tho apart from 1 Buzzard.
    Enjoyed the drive apart from the narrow roads John and glad that I went coz everywhere local was a Zilch.

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  4. Yeah we need em at Ogden now Bri in the plantation preferably it's easier to get to than up by giants tooth.

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