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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ringby Top from Shibden Head

                                      Sparrowhawk gliding above the trees
      Spied something it fancied below
                                       Dropped like a rocket into the canopy
  Must have gone into the tree tops at 50 mph.
                                       Along comes a Buzzard
                   Not a very happy one at being mobbed
               Kestrel left, Buzzard centre, Corvid right.
  The 2 dark birds over the chimney and to the right
              were Raven
             Heavy mobbing, 2 Raven and a Kes in that lot.
                        All photos about 1 mile away..

With one hour spare late afternoon I had to decide between Ogden, Ringby or Shibden Head so for a change and to check out a previous years Redstart area I plumped for Shibden Head, bad decision.
With no sign of Redstart, or anything else for that matter , and me not getting excited with woodland birding I got to a open area where I could see plenty open sky,thats the real me.

It soon became apparent that all the action was taking place about a mile away over the Swalesmoor Ringby area, so there was I down the bottom of Shibden Valley watching and photographing birds a mile above and to the west of me and in poor light.

First over were 2 Sparrowhawks gliding around very high and being mobbed with the Ringby corvids till suddenly 1 bird dived down at an amazing speed straight into the top of the tree canopy with the second bird following slowly behind not emerging for another 15 minutes.

Shortly after that all the corvids were up again and the familiar cronking of Ravens could be heard with 2 birds over from the ski slope area across Swalesmoor getting mobbed by around 100 corvids.

Next in line for a good mobbing , this time with corvids, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel ,was a single Buzzard which kept showing briefly before landing in trees below Swalesmoor and moving on tree to tree towards the ski slope.
100s of Swallows overhead.

An entertaining hour but how I wish I,d have been up at my watchpoint on Swalesmoor, but then I suppose the action would have been down in the valley, but thats birding.
BS

7 comments:

Bradshaw Rambler said...

Some marvellous shots there Bri.
and a great blog - a pleasure to read.
John.

Brian Sumner . said...

Thanks for that John but you,re still not getting a discount when you bring your car in next week. !!!

Bradshaw Rambler said...

You're only saying that in public.

I know you'll honour our agreement of 38.247% off all parts used beginning with 'Z'.

John.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

A good do there Bri and some nice shots.

Birdnut said...

Raven, in my opinion is a great bird to get over that area as I personally have only ever had one way back over 12 years.

Howard Creber said...

Spya york shots ooze speed...good ones Foggy !!

p.s. DCB once again entering our watchpoint results on Trektellen via his blog.First one for Saturday 13th Sept.

Brian Sumner . said...

Bet theres only me understands that comment Comp.