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Wildlife Sightings 24/09/15

Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:34:23 Europe/London

September 2015

Curlew Sandpiper at Severn Beach

Places to visit

This is the month to head to the east coast, after easterly winds Suffolk to Aberdeen will have rarer birds such as Wryneck, Red Backed Shrike and Bluethroats, towards the end of the month the first Yellow Browed Warblers will be arriving, Arctic and Greenish Warblers should also arrive, elsewhere the first American waders will put in an appearance, Buff Breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers should be in the UK.

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

More waders are on the move, Curlew sandpipers and Little Stints can turn up in our area along the coast and on inland lakes such as Chew valley and the Cotswold Water Park

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife Sightings 01/09/15

Tuesday, 1 September 2015 11:11:20 Europe/London

Spotted Sandpiper: Coate Water

Places to visit

August is the month to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to west Sussex can be good. For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

 Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any dunlin and ringed plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers

 Interesting Butterflies on the wing this month include, Brown Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, Silver Spotted Skipper and Clouded Yellow.

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

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far, I am trying to get to 250 in one year!

Total so far this year 233

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife Sightings 03/08/15

Monday, 3 August 2015 15:22:58 Europe/London

Silver-washed Fritillary

July 2015

Places to visit

July is normally a very quiet month, most birds are settled down but a few non breeding or failed breeding birds will start to migrate early, a few waders will be turning up on suitable areas such as the Cotswold water park, Chew Valley Lake, Severn Beach / Northwick Wetlands and Slimbridge

You could also do as I do, go out looking for Butterflies instead!

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

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far, I am trying to get to 250 in one year!

Total so far this year 220

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Wildlife Sightings 26/06/15

Friday, 26 June 2015 17:24:25 Europe/London

Duke of Burgundy Butterflies

Places to visit

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 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail

 

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Leica Q Announced!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:17:16 Europe/London

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Reimagining the Photographer’s Everyday Camera, Leica Unveils the Leica Q Today, Bringing Iconic Leica Features to an Innovative New Camera

Thanks to High Quality Leica Optics and an Exceptional Feature Set, Photographers Can Now Capture Rich Detailed Imagery Anywhere in a Snap

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Bird Sightings 04/06/15

Thursday, 4 June 2015 11:23:00 Europe/London

Hudsonian Godwit: Meare Heath

April-June 2015

Places to visit

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 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Bird Sightings 28/04/15

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 14:49:17 Europe/London

Great Blue Heron at Tresco

April-June 2015

Places to visit

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 Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, waders, terns and many warbler species

Severn Beach area can be very good for waders, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house and at the excellent new Pilning wetlands, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look an hour either side of the high tide if we get prolonged south west winds for terns and if you are lucky Skuas

Salisbury Plain can worth a look if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove and Quail

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Comments | Posted in Wildlife By Mark Coller

Leica Ultravid 7x42 HD+ Review by Ian

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 10:53:02 Europe/London

Leica Ultravid 7x42 HD+ Binoculars

The 7x42 specification in binoculars is one that is often overlooked, mainly in favour of the 8x42 models but the 7x magnification does offer benefits so as one of the latest additions to Leica’s binocular line up I decided to give them a try.

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Comments | Posted in Optics Reviews By Ian Reader-Schofield

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

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

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