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Kingfisher mission.

Six hours in a hide at a private site in Hampshire, resulted in about ten seconds with this young Kingfisher within range of my lens, and only one or two pictures that work. I’m very pleased with this picture so I’m not complaining, though it would have been nice to have taken a wider selection of images.

kingfisher Alcedo atthis

You can’t win them all and that’s wildlife photography for you! Patience will often pay off but there are rarely guarantees. It’s been a long time since I photographed Kingfisher and it’s almost always been from a hide. So having a good deal of background knowledge and fieldwork behind you will be the key.

My host had done just that and placed his hide in just the right place, from what he told me, after much trial and error.

You know who you are, thanks very much for the opportunity, I hope to do it again some time. Mission not quite accomplished, but a great start.

Rich Ford

Some OBVIOUS signs of spring (and some not so OBVIOUS)

It hasn’t felt like spring over recent days with the sun only showing itself on just a few occasions and rain making itself know on most days. However I have been out and about a little with the camera and taken occasional opportunities to snap some of the below images on my mobile phone.

mallard drake
Just your standard duck to some but the iridescent green of of male mallards head looks particularly resplendent in the spring

Spring is just around the corner and many signs of activity relating to the new season have been apparent over the last few weeks. Along with spring colour and singing birds, flowering plants and buds appearing, a handful of summer migrant birds have already arrived to claim territory and will eventually breed in the area.

Chiffchaffs have started to arrive in the area over the last few weeks and across the country

Already the dawn chorus is quite impressive with thrushes and robins perhaps the most obvious. Both Dartford Warbler and Woodlark are heartily singing on our local heathlands including Woolmer Forest and Broxhead common and I’ve already heard Firecrests and Chiffchaff singing locally in Bordon Inclosure and in Woolmer Forest.

dartford warbler
Dartford Warbler showing and singing very well recently on Broxhead Common and no doubt Woolmer and Longmoor
primrose wild
Wild primrose are popping up all over at the moment as well as the less wild ones in our gardens
adder snake skin shed adder snake skin
Adders will be coming out of hibernation this month and I suspect this is the shed skin of one that i found this week on Broxhead Common
lichen fruiting bodys bodies
Not everyone’s first thought when you think of spring colour but the red of the fruiting bodies on these lichen are really vibrant and easily picked out among the heather on broxhead common at the moment.
More traditionally spring colour photographed this week, Daffodils
lesser celandine
..and these awesome lesser celandine are one of my favorites
Dunnocks are unobtrusive and secretive but become particularly obvious at this time of year.

It has seemed as if I’ve been hardly out of earshot of a singing Dunnock over the part few days. With few leaves on the trees they are often pretty easy to spot singing from an exposed perch on a hedge, fence or rooftop.

Richard Ford

Early spring birding

A Lovely morning in the Deadwater Valley Trust Bordon Inclosure yesterday morning with a definite feel of spring in the air, I was almost never out of earshot of a drumming woodpecker or a singing treecreeper. I also saw two Roe Deer a Red Kite, 2 Sparrow Hawk, Bullfinch, 20 Redwing and 25 Siskins among the more common woodland birds. I managed a couple of nice Treecreeper pictures as well as these pictures of Marsh Tit. By far the rarer of the five Tit species, the others are mostly easy to see in the area. Marsh Tit probably only breed here in small numbers perhaps 2-4 pairs so is was nice to see this bird so well, down by the river where the inclosure meets Alexandra Park.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera – Black