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Bird Sightings 24/11/14

Monday, 24 November 2014 17:14:01 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

22nd November

Green Winged Teal at New passage on the river Severn

19th November

Great white egret still at Chew Valley Lake

18th November

Bittern at Chew Valley Lake

16th November

Hawfinch over Chipping Sodbury

Female Merlin at Blakehill N.R

15th November

Ring Ouzel at Portbury Docks

14th November

Great White Egret, Bittern and Great Northern Diver at Chew Valley Lake

Black Redstart in Melksham

2 Hen Harrier and 3 Short Eared Owls on Salisbury Plain

13th November

Goldeneye and a Water Pipit at Northwick Warth area

12th November

Brent goose at Northwick Warth

11 Yellow Legged Gulls at Langford Lakes

11th November

Common Scoter at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 29

10th November

Great Northern Diver at Chew Valley Lake

Hen Harrier at Gore Cross Wiltshire

Med Gull, Jack Snipe and Goosander at Northwick Warth / Aust Warth area

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 08/12/14

Monday, 8 December 2014 16:22:01 Europe/London

December

This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

6th December

Penduline Tit at the Cotswold Water Park in the reed bed on pit 68, Found by Nigel Pleass, Nice find mate!

Hen Harrier and Merlin on Salisbury Plain

2 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill

5th December

Smew at the Cotswold water Park on pit 29

3rd December

Great White Egret and Great Northern Diver still on Chew Valley Lake

Dipper on the By Brook at Box

2nd December

2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Merlin at Marshfield

1st December

Rose Coloured Starling is still in Bishopston Bristol

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 15/12/14

Monday, 15 December 2014 09:44:00 Europe/London

December

This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

13th

Tree Sparrow at Shepperdine , a very rare bird for south Gloucestershire !

3 short Eared Owls at Blakehill

12th

Great white Egret, Bittern and Great Northern Diver all still at Chew Valley Lake

11th

Water Pipit still at Northwick / New Passage area

10th December

A Dipper in Calne, very rare here!

Water Pipit at Northwick Warth / New Passage area

8th December

2 Hen Harriers, 1 Short Eared Owl and Merlin on Salisbury Plain

Great White Egret, Bittern and Great Northern Diver still on Chew Valley Lake

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Review by Ian

Monday, 15 December 2014 17:33:36 Europe/London

I’ve long been a fan of the Panasonic LX series with their compact size, fast apertures & super lens quality so I had high hopes for the LX100.

The previous models have had an advantage over lower range compacts having slightly larger image sensors, the New LX100 has a four thirds sensor housed in a body only a little larger than the previous model- the LX7. The larger sensor allows for better image detail, a wider ISO range & less noise at the higher sensitivities.

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Comments | Posted in Reviews Cameras By Ian Reader-Schofield

Bird Sightings 22/12/14

Monday, 22 December 2014 13:23:36 Europe/London

December

This month is normally very quiet for birds, I tend to look at inland reservoirs for wintering divers and grebes, Chew Valley Lake is always a good bet for a Great Northern Diver, I also head out onto Salisbury Plain for Hen Harriers and Short eared owls, a slow drive across just before dusk normally gets you one or both species along with Barn Owls 

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

 

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

21st

3 Tree Sparrows at Sheperdine, the first time I have seen these in South Gloucestershire!

 20th

5 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill

19th

7 Jack Snipe at Aust Warth

8 Red Kite at Stoford

18th

4 Mediterranean Gulls at Chew Valley Lake

17th

Male Smew at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 28a

 16th

Bearded tit at Pilning Wetlands

Great White Egret back at Chew Valley Lake

15th

Whooper Swan at Slimbridge with 74 Bewick’s swans plus 1 pink footed goose and 88 white fronted geese

14th

2 Smew at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 31, 9 goosander on pit 34 and 49 Red Crested Pochard on pit 44 with another 18 on pit 30

Bittern and Great Northern Diver both still at Chew Valley Lake

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 05/01/15

Monday, 5 January 2015 17:06:54 Europe/London

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

3rd January

Great White Egret still at Chew Valley Lake

2nd January

2 Tree Sparrows again at Shepperdine

Hen Harrier at Haxton Down

Black Redstart in Trowbridge

1st January

I was in Yorkshire watching a Little Bustard with around 400+ other bird watchers

Green Winged Teal again at New Passage

Great White Egret and Great Northern Diver both still at Chew Valley Lake

5 Smew at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 28

31st

Water Pipit at New Passage

30th

5 Bewick’s Swan at Severn Beach

29th

3 short Eared Owls at Aust / Northwick area

28th

2 Bewick’s Swans north past Aust

27th

1 Jack Snipe at Severn Beach

26th

2 Tree Sparrow still at Shepperdine

9 Jack Snipe at Aust

4 Smew at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 29

24th

Rose Coloured Starling again in Bishopston Bristol

4 Jack Snipe at Swindon

6 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill

22nd

2 Tree Sparrows at Shepperdine

Great White Egret, Bittern and Great Northern Diver still at Chew Valley Lake

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 03/02/15

Tuesday, 3 February 2015 14:31:59 Europe/London

January- March 2015

Places to visit

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 02/03/15

Monday, 2 March 2015 16:47:38 Europe/London

January- March 2015

Places to visit

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Swarovision Review by Mark

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 14:04:39 Europe/London

Swarovski 8.5x42 EL SV Swarovision

In 1999 Swarovski introduced the EL range of binoculars, the open bridge design was unique at the time and many manufacturers have now copied this...

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Comments | Posted in Optics Reviews By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 27/03/15

Friday, 27 March 2015 16:51:59 Europe/London

January- March 2015

Places to visit

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

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