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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 25/3/2013 12:16:52 AM   
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A Few shots I took in the Amazon in Peru around Lake Sandoval (an oxbow lake) a few years back.








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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 27/3/2013 8:44:47 PM   
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I have seen dozens of Oystercatchers in the last few days but whenever I have a camera they vanish. This was quite a long distance shot and for some reason there were more pigeons on the tidal bank than these.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/3/2013 3:03:39 PM   
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These are from a recent walk with beautiful weather -







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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/3/2013 5:34:43 PM   
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You are lucky to have such scenery near you. It is all rather flat hereabouts.

Today a shedload of Brent Geese decided to visit.



I also saw the elusive Oystercatchers again (elusive when I have a camera on me at least, all over the place when I don't), a sandpiper and whatever this chap is:



It looks like some sort of duck and was diving quite a lot but I can't work out what tyoe it is? (Not a brilliant picture as it was a way away).

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/3/2013 5:47:16 PM   
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I also saw the elusive Oystercatchers again (elusive when I have a camera on me at least, all over the place when I don't), a sandpiper and whatever this chap is:



Are Oystercatchers rare round your parts? They're quite common up here. Infact yesterday on a walk with a friend we were almost tripping over them, and similarly last Saturday along the same river bank my dad and I had one trying to lead us away from its nest.

Couldn't work out which bird it is in the bottom pic - Harry will probably know. I originally thought it was a female golden eye, but there are too many brownish looking ducks of that size for me to tell the difference!

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/3/2013 8:08:52 PM   
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Common as an Eastenders character, only rare when I have a camera to hand.

Looking at the RSPB site I think it may be a Velvet Scoter.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/3/2013 9:20:43 PM   
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There's some great shots on here. That place looks amazing Sway.

It's coming into Winter season here which is our best for birding, can't wait. The summer has been OK, less birds but plenty of other critters to find.

On a couple of recent bushwalks,

A cute little Swamp Wallaby



A 1.5 Metre ( 5 feet ) Goanna. My wife's first encounter with one of these, I asked he to stand near him to show how big he is, she declined



We were out spotting owls and sugar glider and such and this fellas eyes caught the torch like high - beams.



My wife holding a tiny frog that I've been unable to identify.


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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 29/3/2013 6:28:52 PM   
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I took this last night whilst the skies were clear



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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 1/4/2013 12:41:03 PM   
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A couple more of the Brent Geese arriving:





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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 3/4/2013 7:13:50 PM   
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Took these on Sunday:




View of Ingleborough from the bottom of Plover Hill



Approaching the summit of Pen-y-ghent


Ascent of Pen-y-ghent


View of Pen-y-ghent after descending from the steep side

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 3/4/2013 10:09:29 PM   
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Took these on Sunday:









On a serious note, awesome pics! And Sanchia, I love the pics of the geese - they're my dad's favourite bird, so I always like hearing them when they're flying overhead.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 22/4/2013 5:52:49 PM   
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I saw my first Stonechat today (although it may have been a Whinchat).

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 26/4/2013 7:23:12 PM   
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There were also a shedload of Long Tailed Tits all over the place today. My present exposure to nature appears top a regular lunchtime walk by the river.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 27/5/2013 6:59:55 PM   
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I went to a local Broad today. There were many bitey insects:


some everyday animals who seemed to think everyone should have sandwiches:


And a shedload of these:


They were dancing further out but I would have needed a massive lens to get any half decent photos of them. The Terns were too fast to photograph and sadly no Cormorants which were there by the bucket load the last time I went there.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 27/5/2013 11:10:25 PM   
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Had a visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen yesterday and picked up what is undoubtably my bird of the year so far... An adult male Red-footed Falcon..



What a beauty! Fair old cruising along with my birds this year. Less than five full months in and I am only three more ticks away from surpassing my entire total for last year. That said, I am spending most evenings and weekends out on my patch. It's a perfect way to unwind from the stresses of work!

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/5/2013 8:47:36 AM   
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Nice one Harry, always an exciting find the more rare raptors. I saw a pair of White Bellied Sea Eagles recently flying low overhead and me with no camera. Still a magnificent sight.

Three lifers ( first sighting ) for me last weekend, it's already shaping as an excellent winter season here. First time to see a Jacky Winter, a pair of tiny Eastern Spinebills and
this below, the lovely and elusive Rose Robin.


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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 28/5/2013 6:55:33 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Harry Lime

Had a visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen yesterday and picked up what is undoubtably my bird of the year so far... An adult male Red-footed Falcon..



What a beauty! Fair old cruising along with my birds this year. Less than five full months in and I am only three more ticks away from surpassing my entire total for last year. That said, I am spending most evenings and weekends out on my patch. It's a perfect way to unwind from the stresses of work!


I had the local Peregrine Falcon land next to me last week. That was quite a nice thing to see (although not so nice for that pigeon). Raptors are especially good at glaring in an accusatory manner.

I have a very long shot of it on my phone somewhere which I shall have to try to dig up. I like the praying stance of that picture.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 30/6/2013 11:03:52 AM   
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It was one of those times i really wished I had my camera on me. I was taking my parents dog for a walk down a local track. He was distracted rolling in bird poop or chewing grass (I don't know which but they both play high on his agenda for the day by the looks of it) when a doe Roe Deer hops out of the hedge about three metres in front of me, walks into the middle of the track, stops and looks around for thirty seconds or so and then heads into the hedge on the other side. I realise deers are quite common but it was a nice moment.

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RE: The Empire Nature Club - 3/7/2013 9:53:08 PM   
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I went to Pensthorpe (where they used to recorded Spring Watch) earlier today. I have no idea the name of half the birds I saw.

No idea what this is, it may be a wigeon but if memory serves the eye is the wrong colour:


No idea at all what this is:


I think this is a young one of the thing above:


It's got big eyes and that is about all I know:





This I know, it is a Coot:


A Barnacle Goose in flight:


Young Barnacle Goose:


Young Moorhen


Funky Spider web:



What happens when you feed the geese:

It begins like this:


Then you get this:


Then you get about 50 geese following you down the path for 200 metres begging for food.


I also had one point where the path was absolutely covered with tiny little frogs which were less than a centimetre long. It took me 15 minutes to get 5 metres along as I was trying to avoid stepping on any. I did have a picture where my hand was full of them when I scooped a load up to clear the way but it came out very blurry.

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