IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR, THE SUMMER VISITORS HAVE ALL GONEAND THE WINTER VISITORS HAVE YET TO ARRIVE.
The scene at Eyebrook reservoir has gone very quiete but will shortly change as other birds arrive to over Winter. With the Summer viusitors departing up to a month early it has meant a lack of subjects.This however has meant I have very little to do a post so this will be shorter than normal. I have finished going out in my hide as the Barn Owl on last last few visits out is not appearing until well after dark so very little chance of any images. It has been a dissapointing year with the Owls, not helped by my hospital visit and the following few weeks getting over my Sepsis, only then did I do any serious monitoring of the bird as my Schedule 1 licence asks me to carry out and to build up a report on the activity in and around the boxes. Hopefully we will have a better season next year with a pair and Owlets. I have included my last images of the Barn Owl taken over several evenings but I have also included some images from last year that shows the quality of image I can achieve even with a high ISO I was using ,more last year to stop any blur from the bird moving through increasing the speed the, so what follows indicates the difficulty I have experienced in trying to get decent shots, so here we go.
One positive note I was recalled to hospital for an operation on the 8th of September and the stone that was the cause of my Sepsis was removed and is no more, hence the late post.
These first two images and header are from last year, just to prove I can get reasonable images of the birds, I am using the same camera and lens but they cannot beat darkness
The Cormorants are still perching on the Tern Raft and will until next Spring and the return of the Common Terns.
I then changed sides of the Resrvoir as a Great White Egret arrived and landed amongst a flock of Lapwings, not a common visitor at Eyebrook but I'm sure it had flown over the hill from Rutland Water
A cormorant having a wing drying session
Then a Red Kite arrived.
And after a quick swoop and low pass ove the Lapwings.
They all took flight and set off to the other end of the Reservoir.
I then returned to my original spot, Opposite Stoke Dry Village as the GWE had also moved after the Red Kite visit.
The GWE with some Golden Plovers flying past.
Goldfinch [Male] feeding on the seed of a thistle.
Adult male has a paler beak than the female.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit as much as I have in getting the images and putting the post together[ even if its smaller than the norm.