Sunday, 5 June 2016

# 30 days wild: visit a nature reserve.




To day we visited RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve, situated at the other side of Leeds at Castleford.

Thanks to Pam, we found out they were having a Binocular and Telescope Hands on Weekend, which they hold every month. And I was after a new pair of Binoculars.

Without  any fuss a pair of  swarovski 8x25 was purchased, well I have been spoiled.


The weather was wonderful, and with my new binoculars I got to see many birds clearly, the only problem was they were so good that when I came to take a photo the birds were to far away!!!  


It was nice to see the Tree Sparrows, and a good shot of a Shoveler , Wild flowers were growing everywhere. ChiffchaffsWillow warblersReed bunting, and all your wetland birds were spotted.
We could hear the Cuckoo calling really well, but hidden well in the trees.

We stopped for lunch, looking through a gap in the trees over the river to another pond, Grey Heron, and two Terns were feeding, when not one but two Little Egrets landed on a old tree on the river bank.
Right at the far end of the reserve, some of the birds we saw were Kingfisher, WrenLittle ringed plover, and  Wigeon.

 It's my second visit here and on the first visit I was a little disappointed, but to day we had a lovely time especially seeing the Egrets.







Cantharis nigra beetle






23 comments:

  1. New bins, always exciting, hehe! I've never been to Fairburn Ings but it's looks like there is plenty to see there.

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    1. Thanks Louise, you would like it here, not to busy and plenty of space to enjoy the wildlife.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Sounds like a great place. I'd loved to have heard the cuckoo as I was primary school age the last time I heard one. Envy your new binoculars. I use the mini ones I got free with the national trust which are ok but limited. Still they're better than the old ones my dad gave me which make me see double! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, it was the first time my husband can remember hearing a Cuckoo that was not on the TV.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Looks a lovely reserve and you saw some wonderful birds, we have a couple of pairs of binoculars in the car but always forget to take them with us. My excuse is that one pair are very old and heavy. Glad you enjoyed using your new ones:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, so pleased with the Binoculars, well worth the money.
      Amanda xx

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  4. Looks a wonderful place to visit - so glad you got your new binoculars and are so pleased with them :)

    Still haven't heard a cuckoo - I must get out more!! :)

    Have a good week.

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    1. Thanks RR, it was a nice visit to day, new binoculars meant I got to see more than normal, large open spaces, good for the birds but not good for spotting them.
      We did venture of the path to look for the Cuckoo in the wood, plus I needed a wee ! had a wee but didn't find the cuckoo.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Thanks for the shout out :) it sounds like the binoculars were an easy purchase! I love the shot of the Little Egret, such elegant birds! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit this time, it's one of my favourite places xx

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    1. Thanks again Pam for the information, did enjoy it to day, didn't have time to do the new walk up over the top so will have to go again.
      Amanda xx

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    2. Oh yes do if you get chance, we've taken a full day there walking all the different routes, it's bigger than you think!

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  6. It always seems a bit hit and miss at Fairburn. You hit on a good day.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I know what you mean, happily today was a good day.
      Amanda xx

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  7. It does look like a great place to visit. I like the sound of your new binoculars. I don't have a powerful lens on my camera and it is frustrating when I can see the distant birds clearly but can't take sharp photo. You've taken some lovely pictures here, though. The egret is beautiful and I love the sparrows.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I've often said you should be able to take photos through binoculars! so clear are the new ones, loving them.
      Amanda xx

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  8. Well, I think you got some great shots here.
    Looks a good place to visit.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, we were both surprised when the two Egrets turned up during lunch...
      Amanda xx

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  9. I have never visited Fairburn Ings but it certainly looks like a superb RSPB reserve :-) Good to read that you have managed to find a pair of binoculars and to be honest you really can't go wrong with Swarovski optics (my scope is a Swaro!). Hopefully they will be useful when you go up to Northumberland :-)

    Enjoyable photos as always with some great sightings to enjoy as well, especially Cuckoo, Kingfisher and of course the lovely Egrets :-)

    Hope you are well and kindest regards to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David, good range of things to look at here, could have spent the day just looking at the wild flowers, and I'm sure I spotted a Blue butterfly. Swarovski very clear, worth spending that little bit more than I had planed..
      Amanda xx

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  10. Lovely set of images Amanda.
    I have never yet seen Tree Sparrow.

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    1. Thanks Roy, hope you get to see one soon...
      Amanda xx

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  11. Some great shots there, particularly the Little Egrets! I know what you mean about binoculars though. :-) xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, lovely bird to see, not had to much chance to use my Binoculars yet, but when we go up to Northumberland they will be very handy.
      Amanda xx

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