Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Coombe Abbey

Oi! Big fella - thats my food!

Visiting Coombe Abbey in early January is something of a tradition for me as three years ago, it was my first attempt at photography, and the sun was shining! Today was not good, with very poor light, very high ISO and very slow speed! As a result, most of my images were binned as out of focus and blurred.

The one good thing about bird watching in the early months of a new year is that even the common birds are sought out to add to the year list. Today, it was woodland birds that got added.

Best bird of the day was a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, near to the bird hide in the heronry area. The bird hide three years ago had one very large bird table in front of it. Thankfully, this has now gone and the rangers put food in the bark of trees and drilled holes making the scene much more natural. It was just a pity about the light so another visit on a better day is called for.

Muntjac Deer

Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit

Great Tit

Long Tailed Tit

Coal Tit

Blue Tit




(More images on my website - see link opposite)

Todays Sightings:

Jackdaw; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Rook; Magpie; Mallard; Coot; Black Headed Gull; Moorhen; Mute Swan; Grey Lag Goose; Tufted Duck; Blue Tit; Shoveler; Jay; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Marsh Tit; Canada Goose; Dunnock; Wren; Nuthatch; Great Tit; Coal Tit; Pochard; Cormorant; Stock Dove; Lesser Spotted Woodpecker; Long Tailed Tit; Chaffinch; LBB Gull; Pheasant; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Robin; Treecreeper; Goldcrest.


Max Silverman said...

Some very nice shots there Kevin

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Max - the light was awful. I binned over 500 shots! Even on a tripod I struggled!

Mike Mottram said...

I really like the deer photos.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers, Mike - although common, it was a nice surprise on such a dull day!