Saturday, 14 March 2015

Longham Lakes & a New Project

This afternoon my son and I went for a walk round the North lake as he wanted to go a different way but I wanted to go round the south lake as their as been reports of a couple of Black-necked Grebes. In summer plumage and I have not seen them like this before,  So I had a quick look round the island from the path between the lakes but no luck. Their was plenty of Reed Buntings and Pied Wagtails about and a few migrant chiffchaff moving and I had a report from a member of the public walking round the lake that there was some Willow Warblers about I thought this was a bit early for those as they do not usually turn up until late March early April.
Birds seen on the walk were Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebes, Coots, Pochard, Mallard, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit,Great Tit,Blue Tit,Chaffinch,Kestrel and Sand Martin

Now for the new project. which is I hope to take a picture of a bird from my very first bird book which was a 11th birthday present from my late mother, and my brother & sister back in 1975 this book is where my journey started in to liking birds I got this idea from another blogger ( There are only 64 species in the book and nearly 20 of them I will not get pictures of as they are now very very scarce or are no longer a breedin bird species in Dorset or do not come here anymore when migrating from other parts of the world.
This is the book
Of course I have taken many attempts at taking pictures of our garden birds and I hope by doing this it is going to improve my picture taking and I am going to get the best out of my camera and lens. I will also be posting my pictures on a site called on this site back in 2012 I took and posted a picture every day. But this time I am sure I will not manage a bird picture a day.

Male Blackbird
First one of the list is this male Blackbird I am not to keen on the composition and the background is messy but this is all I could manage today.


  1. That is a wonderfully sharp shot. Lots of detail in the feathers and eye.
    Glad I've inspired someone to do something similar to me :)
    I went to longhamyesterday but the light was terrible. Will try and get shots up later.

    1. Thanks went back today to see if I could find the Black-necked Grebe no luck but the Scaup is still there and had 50 Sand Martin and a Swallow