Sunday, March 30, 2008


Male Sparrowhawk, Milton Road, Cambridge, 30th March 2008, © Rachel Aucott
I took it with a 28-55mil lens on Sunday 30th March through the doors of my conservatory, which tells you how close it was to the house. I live just off Milton Rd, just before you get to Arbury Rd which tells you that I don't live in rural location. I spent 45 minutes watching the sparrowhawk devour the dove before it flew taking the carcass with it and leaving behind a load feathers, the intestines and the craw.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Stock Dove

Stock Dove, Arrington, 27th March, 2007, © Jim Lawrence. "I just can't get enough of these subtly beautiful doves..."


Kingfisher, Longstanton, March 2008, © Jeff Harrison
These stunning pictures could be titled "The Life of the Kingfisher".

Friday, March 28, 2008

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe, Milton CP, 27th March 2008 © Garth Peacock


Redshank, Gafham Water, 27th March 2008 © Garth Peacock
Apart from the usual Pied Wagtails, this was the only photographable bird showing either side of the dam during a 2 hour visit.


Firecrest, Milton Country Park, 27th March 2008 © Jonothan Heath
David Heath made this delightful find exactly 4 years to the day after his first Firecrest at Milton Country Park. Son Jonothan can be proud of managing to photograph a very elusive and quick-moving bird.


Wheatear, Grafham Water 26th March 2008 © Jonothan Heath


Sanderling, Grafham Water, 26th March 2008 © Jonothan Heath


Male Sparrowhawk, Eaton Ford, St. Neots, 13th March 2008, © Rod Bee
Gory scenes are quite common in Cambs gardens these days.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Robin, Aldreth, 23rd March 2008, Merry Easter everyone, © Simon Stirrup

Barn Owl

Barn Owl, Aldreth, 22nd March 2008, © Simon Stirrup

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck, Milton CP 26th March 2008 © David Heath


Firecrest, Milton CP, 26th March 2008 © David Heath

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Female Blackcap, Orton Longueville, 25th March 2008 © Peter & Jan Farbridge
The sighting in their garden was first reported 22nd March but the natural elusiveness of the species prevented an earlier photographic record.

Large Falcon sp.

Large, unidentified Falcon, Earith, 25th March 2008, © Richard Thomas


Female Brambling, Over, 25th March 2008, © Richard Thomas
Good bird to get in the garden.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Garden Bird Portfolio

Starling, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch & Blackbird, Girton, 23rd March 2008 © Garth Peacock
The weather on Sunday morning gave me the opportunity to experiment with some shots in the snowstorm. Unfortunately, only common birds braved the cold.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Baikal Teal

Baikal Teal, Haddenham, 21st March 2008 © Stuart Elsom
Initially caused a panic but unfortunately it is pinioned - Oh well, there is always a next time.

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail, Godmanchester, 21st March 2008 © Stuart Elsom
Thanks to Garth Peacock for details of this bird.

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe, Godmanchester, 21st March 2008 © Stuart Elsom
Giving wonderful close views near the sluice gates.


Blackbird, Godmanchester, 21st March 2008 © Stuart Elsom
Always nice to see a bird's feathers in detail, especially a black one.


Mandarin, Haddenham, 21st March 2008 © Garth Peacock
Despite being pinioned, they still make a striking photo.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail, Godmanchester, 19th March 2008 © Garth Peacock

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pipistrelle Bat

Presumed Pipistrelle Bat, Arrington, 14th March 2008 © Jim Lawrence. I was surprised to see this Bat hawking insects over my pond in bright sunlight mid afternoon.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Drake Mandarin Duck

Drake Mandarin, Arrington, 12th March, © Jim Lawrence. This Mandarin was a complete surprise and very welcome visitor to my garden this morning. It is just amazing what a garden pond can attract.