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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

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

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 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 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

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 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

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