Sunday, May 31, 2009

Common Crane

Common Crane, 31st May 2009, Paxton Pits © Les Beeke

Barn Owl

Barn Owl, "Cambridgeshire Fens", 30th May 2008, © Ed Frear
These are two shots of the same bird, so the apparent darkness of the bird in flight is a deception of the light. The mammal is presumably a Common Shrew (RGN).

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Reed Warbler

Reed Warbler, Fowlmere, 30th May 2009, © Martin Gadd

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Common Swift

Common Swift, Landbeach, 27th May 2009, © Dick Newell
Two lovebirds sitting on 2 eggs.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Juvenile Blackbird, Girton, 25th May 2009 © Garth Peacock
I could not resist photographing this juvenile in my back garden, lazily taking advantage of the sun while the parents scurried around finding food to keep it happy.

Marsh Harrier

Female Marsh Harrier, Fen Drayton RSPB, 25th May 2009 © Dave Cordery

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron, Wicken Fen, 25th May 2009, © Stephen Blain

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron, Wicken Fen, 24th May 2009 © Andrew Knights
A long range digiscoped record shot through a heavy heat-haze.

Marsh Harrier

Female Marsh Harrier, Fen Drayton RSPB, 24th May 2009 © Colin Brown


Female Sparrowhawk, Fen Drayton RSPB, 24th May 2009 © Colin Brown

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker, Fen Drayton RSPB, 24th May 2009 © Colin Brown


Cuckoo, Fen Drayton RSPB, 24th May 2009 © Colin Brown


Swallow, Willingham, 24th May 2009 © Colin Brown

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit, Over Fen,24th May 2009 © Colin Brown

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher, Private Site Cambs, 24th May 2009 © Andrew Knights.
The first photograph this year of this delightful species.

Mute Swan

Mute Swan, Fen Drayton, 24th May 2009, © James Hanlon

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Great Tit

Great Tit fledgling, Trumpington, 23rd May 2009, © James Hanlon

Friday, May 22, 2009

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail, Wimpole, 22nd May 2009 © Martyn Gadd

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Marsh Harrier

Male Marsh Harrier, Fen Drayton RSPB, 20th May 2009 © Dave Cordery

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover, Paxton Pits, 20th May 2009 © Jamie Wells

House Martin

House Martin, Little Paxton, 20th May 2009 © Jamie Wells
Looking for a nesting site.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Common Swift

Common Swift, Fen Drayton, 18th May 2009, © James Hanlon

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Turnstones, Paxton Pits, 16th May 2009 © Mark Hawkes

Barn Owl

Barn Owl, Fen Drayton RSPB, 16th May © Dave Cordery
Photo taken from the access road to the reserve where this bird can frequently be seen quartering the nearby fields and ditches.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Temminck's Stint

Temminck's Stint, Fen Drayton RSPB, 14th May 2009 © Mark Hows
A record shot of one of two at Fen Drayton for the last few days.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Kingfisher, St.Ives, 13th May 2009 © Rob Adamson

Black Tern

Black Tern, Grafham Water, 13th May 2009 © Mark Hows
One of last weeks influx.


Jay, Trumpington, 13th May 2009, © James Hanlon

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Blue-headed Wagtail

Female Blue-headed Wagtail, Melbourn, 10th May 2009 © Steve Cooper
The worn greater coverts and tertials indicate to Steve a 1st summer female Blue-headed Wagtail although the yellow in the supercillium may point to a flava x flavissima hybrid (Channel Wagtail). It is paired with a male flavissima. Steve would welcome further observations.


Male Wheatear, Sutton/Haddenham Fen, 10th May 2009 © Edwin Frear
One of four birds showing that day.

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tit, Fen Drayton RSPB, 10th May 2009 © Nigel Sprowell

Thursday, May 07, 2009


Jay, Trumpington, 7th May 2009, © James Hanlon

Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Woodcock, Wicken Fen, 6th May 2009 © John Walsh
A screen grab from a video taken at midday of a species that is notoriously elusive and difficult to photogrpah.


Chiffchaff, Fowlmere RSPB, 6th May 2009 © Adrian George
'This may be 'old hat' to many, but it really does seem to say Chaff-Chiff decidedly more than the commonly accepted Chiff-Chaff - at least that is what my ears tell me!' AG

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Feral Pigeon

Feral Pigeon, Girton, 3rd May 2009 © Garth Peacock
This striking bird is now a regular visitor to my garden feeders with a couple of normal plumaged feral pigeons. Is it albino or leucistic?


Moorhen and Chicks, Fowlmere RSPB, 3rd May 2009 © Martin Gadd


Nightingale, Paxton Pits, 3rd May 2009 © Colin Brown

Friday, May 01, 2009


Male Garganey, Fen Drayton RSPB, 1st May 2009 © Garth Peacock
A heavily cropped long distant shot, taken at the flooded field off the access road to the car park.