28.04.07 | Sunny afternoon at Belvide

Took my folks out for a visit to Belvide Reservoir on Saturday afternoon.

Belvide was once again alive with bird life. The reeds and water side foilage was brimming with Warblers. The sunny skies brought excellent conditions for digiscoping.

The day was filled with some wonderfull sightings including Little Gull, Hobby, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Reed Bunting, Tawny Owl and Common Tern.

Belvide's rich and varied habitat is a haven for all kinds of wildlife and so far this year is helping me to produce my best digiscoping results.


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View towards the dam wall
at Belvide
Reservoir


21.04.07 | Weekend in the Northern Lakes

Spent the weekend with our friends Nikki and John in the Lake District.

Had a weekend away in the Northern Lakes of Cumbria. On Saturday we spent the day walking on the fells. We climbed to the summit of Catbells, on the edge of Derwent Water, near Keswick for some fantastic views of Skiddaw.

On Sunday, we visited Bassenthwaite Lake with a hope of catching a glimpse of the recently returned nesting Ospreys from the viewpoint at Dodd wood. Unfortunately the weather had taken a turn for the worse, so views towards the nest over the Lake were poor.

We decided to visit Whinlatter on the other side of the Lake, where you can view live webcams inside the visitors centre of the Ospreys in their nest. No chicks yet, but will definitely be worth a visit in a month or two with the digiscoping gear.

Check out the progress of the Ospreys at www.ospreywatch.co.uk



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Derwent Water shoreline


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The Skiddaw range from
the summit of Catbells


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The Summit of Catbells


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Standing in the rain at
Dodd viewpoint



15.04.07 | mesmerising Belvide

Had my best day out so far this year at the West Midland Bird Club Reserve of Belvide Reservoir.

Situated near Brewood, seven miles north-west of Wolverhampton, Belvide is a 180 acre canal feeder reservoir.

This was my first visit to this reserve, and within moments of arriving my friend Luke and I were treated to the sight of two beautiful baby Tawny owls sitting in an Ash tree high above our heads.

The light over the reservoir was amazing, creating ideal conditions for digiscoping.

There were a number of really friendly birdwatchers digiscoping at the reservoir and it was great to chat and see what equipment and techniques they were using.

We met a really nice chap named Steve Nuttall, Steve is a warden at the site and has been visiting Belvide for 23 years. Check out his fantastic website diary of Belvide for daily bird information and for some of the best digiscoped images I've seen on the internet at www.surfbirds.com/blog/belvide84/

Steve visits Belvide daily and after just one visit myself, I can understand why he is so passionate about the place.

Other sightings included Little Owl, Redshank, Great Crested Grebe in courtship display, Willow Warbler, Lapwing, Tufted Duck and Gadwall.



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Amazing light over Belvide


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Belvide


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Small Islands on Belvide



08.04.07 | Warm welcome to summer visitors

The wetland plateau at Bateswood was alive with aerobatic displays of tumbling Lapwing.

The breeding Lapwing have arrived at my local nature reserve, so early on Sunday morning, I ventured out with my digiscoping gear.

Easter Sunday was a beautiful morning, and I had a great time viewing and digiscoping the Lapwing in between their courtship displays.

Also had sightings of numerous Skylark and an unfortunate Redshank which was chased away by the Lapwings.


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Bateswood



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Digiscoping at Bateswood


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The plateau attracts
breeding Lapwing



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