22 July 2012

A lazy Sunday in July

An Osprey and Black Browed Reed Warbler at Yakumo today.

It's that very quiet time of year, not much around anywhere. A pair of Great Crested Grebe in full summer plumage offshore at Yakumo was a surprise and the Grey Wagtails have appeared on the local river as they always do at this time of year (they have already bred further upstream).

Some of the Black Browed Reed Warblers were still singing but most were feeding their young, difficult to get a shot of this.

They must have nested in a patch of long grass next to a pile of old stinking fishing nets. Yuk.

There are 3 or 4 pairs in this small area of wasteland near the rivermouth. The young birds eventually popped out to take a look at the world on a dullish Sunday afternoon in July.

I spent a couple of hours hoping the Ospreys would do something interesting. They didn't.

My god England's bowlers are being ground into the dust by South Africa. Errrr........I thought we were supposed to be good these days?

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  1. Fantastic shots!
    I love the Osprey in flight!
    He doesn't have to do something to be interesting, this guy!!
    Well done!

  2. Brilliant osprey shots again Stu. Best not to mention the cricket but I guess I'll watch the "highlights" at 7pm.

  3. Yep, nice osprey shots. The last being my favourite. You did pretty well with the warblers too. I always get green leaves in front of their faces. I'm pretty shy of birding in Niigata this time of the year. I don't know if Hakodate is as humid? I don't like sweating all over my camera.

  4. Thanks for the comments..........

    Russell, no not so humid and the temperature hasn't reached 30 yet this summer. In fact it was fairly chilly last week..........

  5. Great shots of the reed warblers! Interesting to see how the 'black brows' can really be worn out.

  6. Nice to see the BB Reed Warblers breeding. they are passage migrants here in HK.

    Cricket.... we took 2 wickets and they took 20. Doesn't bode well. Amla's 311 superb.

  7. Love those Osprey flight images Stuart - they would be top of my portfolio!

  8. You call that a very lazy Sunday I call it a very busy one for your camera... Beautiful shots Stu! Love the flight shots a lot!


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