Monday, 31 January 2011


I've not been out much recently due to horrible lighting conditions but took advantage of todays sunshine while out with my dog for his morning walk.
Headed down to the Bates Pit area of Blyth and discovered the fieldfare have returned in decent numbers. Not much else about apart from hundreds of mixed finch and plenty of the usual waders. A couple of swans were on the pools but no signs of the water rail thats been about recently i'm sure they are still there but they didn't want to play today!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Amble again!

I decided to have another look at Amble today as back to work tomorrow.

Plenty of sanderling and turnstones about again and a few widgeon in the bay along with a couple of mute swans.

Roll on spring time for some sun so I can get some low ISO shots for a change - these are ISO 800 - 1000 again.

Amble Eider

just been having a check through some Eider shots from yesterdays trip to Amble when I noticed something odd - A bloody great sea fishing swivel and line wrapped around this girls neck.

Lets hope she gets rid of it before it gets rid of her!

Sunday, 2 January 2011


I had my first attempt at Sanderling today and even though the weather and light in particular was very poor I thoroughly enjoyed myself. All these are taken with a minimum ISO of 1000 some are as high as 1600.

The location was Amble in Northumberland.

as a bonus bird we also got some canny Turnstone images too.

As the light faded to near none existant I spotted a very unusual bird feeding on the beach in the tide line a Goldfinch

from here we headed home via the QEII at Ashington where my pal Keith spotted this young Whooper swan in amongst the mute swans.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Bates' Water Rail

Called back down Bates settling pools again today for a look about.

The light was still really poor but i'm just sick of not being out with the camera so high ISO day again i'm afraid.

These are poor record pics of one of the  two water rails that were showing today.