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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ogden. A reet good soaking but the rewards were plenty.

                                          juv f Goosander
            Worst ever Brambling photos. Way too dark and wet.




                       Brambling in torrential rain


Queensbury was shrouded in thick fog throughout the day with continuous rain but with dark skies, low cloud and a mix of rain and drizzle migrants were sure to be busy feeding which a late afternoon trip to Ogden proved to be right.
Passerine Alley was alive with very mobile birds flitting from one end of the area to the other, sometimes in the Willows, sometimes on the shore and sometimes moving across the track into the high Alders.
The main spectacle was a flock of at least 17 Brambling in with around 40 Chaffinch but very busy feeding and flighty.
Out of about 70 photos I got the few poor samples above with very dark skies and rain causing a very slow shutter speed to try get in the light, hence blurred shots.
Every time the rain stopped the fog crept in then another heavy shower moved it on but at least I had Ogden to myself.
The water held 1 Little Grebe over in the far NW corner whilst a juv  female Goosander , going by the face markings, was busy snorkelling.
Apart from a reet soaking and lack of photos an amazing hour in passerine alley.

c 17 Brambling
c 40 Chaffinch
1pr Bullfinch
1 Siskin
1f Blackcap
7 Goldcrest
1 Little Grebe
1f Goosander
1 Jay
+ usual sp.
BS


2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Great work Bri - hope you've dried out !

Dave Brotherton Photography said...

Nice find Brian and in crap weather too