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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Whinchat at last

                                    Kessie coming in to land


                      Worlds worst ever Whinchat shots but mega distance away

An early evening check on Old Guy Rd for Denises Redstart found nothing so off to Ringby Top.
Yesterdays Wheatears had moved on but Swallows and House Martins were moving over >W in their hundreds with 3 Kestrels harrassing them.
Suddenly a call from NK, whos PC has gone pear shaped so he will be off the air a few days, saying that hawkeyed Denise had found a Whinchat in Old Guy Rd just above where Id been looking so a quick dash down the hill and back to the original venue.
After a few minutes looking, right into the setting sun, ( I hate sun), I located the Wheatear but not the Whinchat but luckily Denise arrived and soon turned it up letting me see it in her scope briefly before losing it again. Again here the skies were full of Hirundines plus a Sparrowhawk drifting through.
With time up I went home, fed and walked the dogs then went back through the fields and found the Whinchat again but very distant and very flighty.
Many thanks to Denise for finding the bird and thanks to Nigel for the call getting me my first Whinchat this year.
BS

12 comments:

DJSutcliffe said...

At last !!!!!

Tracy C said...

Fantastic pic of the kestrel Brian.

Denise said...

Glad you got some better views of it. I see what you mean about the Kestrel shots-great in the air but I bet there were squares all over the place when it came down in that grass!

AndyC said...

Glad you got your whinchat Bri,where is Ringby top.??

NigelK said...

Good job on the Whinchat, now you can get us a Black Redstart! The top two Kestrel shots are stonkers

Ken said...

great pictures Brian. Keep setting the bar for the rest of us.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks all, just being in the right place at the right time with the Kestrel, dont let Brittany see it Tracy.
You,re right about the grounded Kestrel Denise, bet thats the sharpest piece of grass you,ve ever seen, shame about the bird.
Andy, Ringby Top runs along the quarry side above Swalesmoor from the Queensbury end of Swalesmoor to the top of Ploughcroft. Its where the Shorelark turned up a few years ago.
I go up the track by the railings about 50yds on Swalesmoor from the Queensbury end but DJS goes up from Ploughcroft.
Its a great vis mig spot with 360deg visibility for about 40 miles or more, that is if you can catch it on a good day, ask Dave, he loves it up there in the wind, fog and rain.

Danny said...

Great Kestrel pictures Brian,that sun shining is useful sometimes for getting the detail on the subject of pics.

Brian Sumner . said...

Alright Danny, cant argue with that but can still do without it.

Tracy C said...

I showed her Brian. She said hers would have been good if I had opened the sunroof in time!

Brian Sumner . said...

Looks like you need a faster sun roof or a convertible Tracy

Tracy C said...

Or just to make her walk!