This is in Eswatani, beautiful little place in the mountains
This female sparrow hawk was on the deck watching the empty wild bird feeder, luckily it was empty and i had nt filled it up yet, It was 7.30 a m and i had nt filled it, this was taken through the kitchen window while i was making coffee.
This was 5 minutes later having found some shoes and gone outside!!!
Jakey on his own! he has a limp, easy to recognise, the other drakes don’t challenge him, he is a big guy and very non aggressive.
This is the new visiting couple, they are afraid of me, not easy to get close.
I printed this lovely image really big, pleased with it! The wishing tree at Martinsell, wonderful up there.
I went to the RSPB reserve in Somerset, Ham Wall. Wonderful place, acres of marsh reeds and lakes, scrubby woodland beautiful trees….. the whole lot … making it a beautiful place for birds.
I went with 5 knowledgeable friends, one of them being a local who knew the place well.
A male garganey duck had been seen a few days earlier and we were lucky enough to spot him and watch him for a while.
A great white egret, full breeding plumage with a yellow bill, (black in winter).
A few grayling geese peacefully grazing and preening themselves.
It was bright and sunny and soon the dragonflies were drifting high and we were lucky enough to witness literally a sky full of hobbies. They were flying high and feeding on the wing. Wonderful to watch.