Did not see the red necked phallarope or the spoonbill but still had a good day. In front of the South Pond hide there was a pair of oyster catchers feeding their two young:
Taken with my Canon 30D (my Canon 50d got smashed up when I went to Skokholm) - ISO400 500mm lens f8 @ 1/500sec.
As usual there were birds I could not identify. In the hide along side the shop by the canoe safari I took the following photograph. At first I thought the birds were Ruddy Shelduck. In fact there were some Ruddy Shelduck quite close to these two, so that I could see that they were completely different:
The other photograph of interest during the day was not a bird - in fact it was an otter. The enclosure is surrounded by perspex screens making good photographs difficult but I managed to stand on a (low) wall and one of the otters co-operated by perching on a log quite high up from the water.
Taken with the Canon 30d 500mm lens, ISO 400 f8 @ 1/250sec.
On Thursday (16th. June), as it was a nice day we decided to go down to the Gann near Dale to see if there were any interesting birds there. Unfortunately we timed it to low tide and the Gann was empty of birds - in the end we were counting crows and gulls! After lunch we decided that it might be worthwhile calling back at St. Brides. When we got there there were several groups of linnets around the bay - including youngsters. Here are a few of the photographs I took:
It is now time (first week in June) that the young Greater Spotted Woodpeckers start coming in to the garden. It starts with the adult birds feeding frantically, filling their beaks with food and returning to the nest:
This one is a male woodpecker taken with my 500mm lens in the garden - ISO640 f8 @ 1/200sec.
Here is a young woodpecker in our cherry tree:
Taken with the 500mm lens, ISO640 f8@ 1/400sec.
And the shot that I was waiting for - the male woodpecker feeding its young:
On our fourth day on Skokholm Island I managed to take some photographs of a bird I could not identify - not all that rare I must admit. But others on the island could not identify it from its photograph either. So I was getting quite excited that I might have found a rare warbler or something similar. When I returned home I was able to send copies of the images to Richard and Wendy from the Teifi Ringing Group so that they could identify the bird. In the end it turned out to be two birds - a male and a female wheatear! They were so wet you can see why I could not identify them:
Steve and I spent some time looking at the pair of Peregrines nesting on the island - we think they had 2 or 3 young in the nest. We were not sure as the path was quite a distance away from the nest. During our time watching both birds flew up into the sky - to be chased by gulls. This is one of the better shots I managed of one of the birds in flight:
Taken with my Canon 500mm lens ISO400 f11 @ 1/500sec.
Another wonderful day on the island - took over 500 images reduced to about half that when the rubbish was removed. Here are some of the new birds taken on that day. A meadow pipit (I think - let me know if you think differently):
Taken with my Canon 500mm f4 lens ISO400 f5.6 @ 1/1600sec.
An Oyster Catcher on some railings overlooking South Haven:
Taken with my Canon 400mm f5.6 lens ISO400 f8 @ 1/640sec.
A sedge warbler seen from the hide at Well Pond:
Taken with my Canon 500mm lens with 1.4 extension ISO1000 f8 @ 1/3200sec.
A reed bunting from the same hide:
Taken with the 500mm lens ISO1000 f8 @ 1/1000sec.
And lastly a rock pipit:
Taken with the 500 lens and 1.4 converter ISO1000 f8 @ 1/4000
My main target for the week is good flight shots of puffin. The more photographs I take of them the more I realise how difficult it is to get a really good shot of a puffin in flight. The slightly easier option is to get them when landing. Like this one - taken off Crab Bay:
Taken with my Canon 500mm lens, ISO 1000 f8 @ 1/5000sec.
While waiting for the next lot of puffin to land I saw this (male) wheatear collecting food:
Taken with the same kit, ISO1000 f8 @ 1/4000sec.
I then had a quick look down at The Neck to see if the guillemot and razorbill were around. The cliff face was in the shadow at the time that I went down there so I only took this photograph of a pair of razorbill:
Taken again with the same kit ISO1000 f8 @ 1/3200sec.
On the way back I stopped off at the hide near Well Pond and managed a few shots of this wren:
Taken with the same kit ISO1000 f8 @ 1/2000sec.
Very lucky with the weather - took about 900 images - reduced to about 450 when the rubbish is removed, so a very good start to our stay on Skokholm Island.