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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Graveyard Shift

Spotted Flycatcher - at a favourite spot!


We hope for a quick return to
in the Churchyard!


Time is at a premium at the moment so I made an early start at Napton Churchyard in the hope that the Spotted Flycatchers would oblige me. Building work in this normally tranquil churchyard is still continuing, but the Spotted Flycatchers do not appear worried, continuing at the nest, of what must now be a second brood. The light was challenging during my early morning vigil, but I think I managed some decent images. My wait was made even more pleasant by sight and sounds of Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest and Nuthatch.


Spotted Flycatcher













Nuthatch




8 comments:

Isidro Ortiz said...

Bonitas fotos del Papamoscas.Saludos

Kevin Groocock said...

Gracias, Isidro.

ShySongbird said...

Well done Kevin! You have some lovely photos here. I was looking round a country churchyard myself a couple of days ago in the hope of some Spotted Flycatchers but alas no luck. All I found was a perched Swallow and Song Thrush both in the 'wrong' place for a photo!

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks Jan. I think most churchyards would be ideal for Sp Flycatchers. Napton is a traditional site and they are guaranteed. Hope you find some soon!

Andrew Haynes said...

Some great shots here Kevin , I went up there last night after works , and was delighted tosee these charming little birds .

Its only through following blogs like this , I find out about such oportunitys.

Got some ok images myself , but only at 1600 iso max shutter 1/300th , thank goodness they perch up on the gravestones :0)

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks Andrew. Napto churchyard is a great place to sit and watch the wildlife. Also, you can walk to the windmill and then down (a very steep & slippery path) to the quarry. You hardly see anyone and its a magnet for some great migratory birds.

Central Birder said...

Great set Kevin and I echo Andy's comment about blogs like yours regarding finding other places to watch birds and wildlife.

Napton churchyard is now on my list of places to visit too.

Cheers

Steve

Kevin Groocock said...

Thanks Steve, glad you are enjoying the Napton area. The building work is to provide toilet and kitchen facilities at the church and the vicar encourages interest in the church wildlife.