The water rail is smaller and distinctly slimmer than the moorhen The water rail is a fairly common but highly secretive inhabitant of freshwater wetlands. It has chestnut-brown and black upperparts, grey face and underparts and black-and-white barred flanks, and a long red bill. Difficult to see in the breeding season, it is relatively easier to find in winter, when it is also more numerous and widespread. Although usually secretive they can become confiding but are still far more often heard than seen.
It is a bird I have admired usually very briefly as it scurries in and out of the reedbeds it calls home.
The winter viisitors are starting to arrive at the woodland bird hide, the latest one is the very beautiful brambling Fringilla montifringilla. The brambling over winters here in the UK and can be found with a bird which is very similar, the chaffinch Fringilla coelebs. They can be found feeding together particularly in beech woodlands where they both like beech masts.
I think these are very attractive birds. I like the vivid colours and I look forward to seeing more of them at my woodlad bird hide.
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I think the Common kingfisher is just about my favourite bird with its iridescent colours and jaunty behaviour. I have been lucky enough to find a location in southwest Scotland, Scottish Photography Hides run by Alan McFadyen. This is one of the premier places in the country to photograph these splendid little birds at very close range. It’s a great place to visit and get a superb portfolio of images.
Alan has a superb setup that works really well. He has a great insight to what’s wanted by photographers being a photographer himself, giving great opportunities to make the very best images.
Workshops available see details here http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/blog/?page_id=9543
See more images on my kingfisher portfolio page http://www.wildlife-photography.uk.com/portfolio/?collection=Kingfishers&pt=7
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
One of my woodlannd birds
I have been hearing the wren from my woodland bird hide since it was built in the early spring of this year. Just lately I have been seeing them briefly as they forage for food. The main thing that people notice about the wen in the enormous voice it had its song is piercing. The wren is not our smallest bird that distinction goes to the goldcrest with the wren not much bigger.
The wren likes to skulk around in the undergrowth looking for a meal; they feed on insects and spiders and occationally sow themselves for a few seconds.
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The sika deer (Cervus nippon) also known as the spotted deer or the Japanese deer, is a species of deer native to much of East Asia, and introduced to various other parts of the world. Previously found from northern Vietnam in the south to the Russian far east in the north, it is now uncommon in these areas, excluding Japan where the species is overabundant.
They are quite similar to our red deer species and seem to mix in with the red deer herds locally.
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius
I find the Eurasian jay quite a difficult bird to get images of, they ae a very shy nervous bird so when I came across these birds willing to stay around for a while I took advantage of the situation and get some images.
Here are just a few I hope you like them
I had an unusual day during the week. I went to Dumfries and Galloway to meet up with old friend Alan McFadyen who runs Scottish Photography Hides and to photograph the amazing Sparrowhawk. They can be difficult at times but the bird had just come out of molting and I was looking forward to seeing it in pristine condition and as you can see, I wasn’t disappointed. The bird is a male you will notice the piercing eye – deep yellow and very large.
I was in the hide for over ten hours before the male Sparrowhawk came along. It stayed for only one minute before it flew away. I managed a few images before its departure but I am quite pleased with the results. I hope you like them also.