Thursday, 3 November 2016

Out looking for birds !





The past few days I have been out many times enjoying the Autumn weather, some days it's been warm enough to leave the coat at home.

I've been back to Eccup, Esholt, High Royds and enjoyed watching the leaves turning into beautiful colours at the park. But with the time moving into November you can now feel the damp and cold setting in, the heating's gone on and the dark is swallowing the day.  

Highlight's were finding over 1000 Golden plovers and Tree Sparrows at Eccup. A Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantia at
Esholt as well as spotting Treecreeper and a Nuthatch. 

In the garden the last of the Cosmos flowers were picked and OH carved pumpkins for Halloween, 3 large bags of sweets, 3 pkt of chocolate biscuits, large bag of Apples and 3 Tangerines were dished out !
Garden ornaments away for winter, bedding plants removed and the on going battle with fallen leaves left the brown bin full again.

Best sighting so far was today in November, I had gone to photograph the Snipes at a little pond at High Royds. It was not till I got home and looked at the photos I notice I had photographed a Water Rail. My first ever Water Rail, technically I didn't "see" it  even though I have a photo !!!! Photos will do as record shots.

Tree sparrow

Golden plovers




Esholt


Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantiaEsholt



Garden


Park



High Royds





Water rail





24 comments:

  1. Hello, lovely images and post. The Plover photo is amazing. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

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    1. Thank you very much Eileen, it's been a lovely Autumn here. Enjoy your week too.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Fantastic! I've never seen so many golden plover before and how lucky to capture the water rail - a shame you didn't notice it at the time but you can look out next time! These look like brilliant places for a bit of bird spotting and that was a lovely scene in the photo captioned Esholt. A beautiful collection of photos!

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    1. Thanks Louise, I was so lucky to see the Plovers as they were all gone two days later. They should be back as they like to winter in the fields here. So pleased about the Water rail too as it looks like it's the first time it has been recorded here. Thanks for the lovely comments on my photos, it's been a lovely few weeks here and I'm so pleased I've had the time to enjoy it.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Well done getting the Water Rail Amanda, they are so difficult find normally.

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    1. Thanks Roy, it was the last thing I was expecting to see, or not as the case my be ! Wonder if I will spot it again...
      Amanda xx

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  4. Your montages are gorgeous--all the combinations of macros and landscapes and long views! It gives a real sense of your location and the special magic of the setting. :)

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    1. Thanks PP, lovely comment you have left...Autumn has been lovely and I'm pleased these photos show what a beautiful place I live in , something to look back on and be grateful for.
      Amanda xx

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  5. A super post with some wonderful photos. You sound as though you have had a great few days at some lovely locations :) I really love the Golden Plover shot and well done on the Water Rail - one to look out for on the next visit :) Cosmos are still flowering here although with colder frosty nights I think their days are numbered! Love the owl in the garden photos :)

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    1. Thanks RR, have enjoyed so much having the time to get out. What with the long hours working over the summer months. Autumn and Spring is my two favourite months, worked out if I don't buy anything ! I don't have to work as hard !!
      My little wicker Owl is from Morrison's. Cosmos are good cut flowers for the house, they last.. so happy to have them indoors.
      Been good for birds this past month hope it caries on over the winter.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Gorgeous photos, I forget what it's like where I used to live, I spent a lot of time walking in Esholt as a kid so it's really lovely to see those photos :) xx

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  7. Really love your photos.I have never seen orange peel fungi before and look at all those plovers! Off to Scotland next weekend so looking forward to seeing some different wildlife....hopefully.:)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, have a lovely time in Scotland (very jealous ) Thanks to social media I new were to look, so pleased I found it. Such a great colour.
      Amanda xx

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  8. You've had some lovely walks with some terrific sightings, especially the water rail. I love the tree sparrows and golden plover, too. It has been a beautiful autumn so far and so perfect for walking (although it's the first heavy rain here today - much needed but not good for walking!)

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    1. Thanks Wendy, it has been a good Autumn this year, we had the first full day of rain yesterday. November has changed the days with a bang. Making the most of time by sorting through many photos from this year !
      Amanda xx

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  9. A cracking collection as always, you have such a skill for composition x

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    1. Thanks CT, thanks for the compliment and I'm glad you like the photos...
      Amanda xx

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  10. As always ... a joy to visit your blog and look at all of your marvelous photographs.
    Love the single ones, and adore the mosaics ... all so different.

    The colour of the orange peel fungus is quite stunning, I don't think I've seen it before.

    Have a great new week ahead

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, thanks for the lovely compliment, it brings me great satisfaction when people like to see and share my photos..
      Amanda xx

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  11. Hello Amanda, thank you for stopping by to check on me - that was really thoughtful of you. All is well, it's just that work has been so hectic and all-consuming that I've not felt like being near a computer in my free time. To be honest, I'm struggling a bit with blogging too and the longer I'm away, the harder it is to go back. I do intend to do a catch up post in the next week or so though.
    Gorgeous photos as always. I need to get out in the countryside again at some point. We did visit Quarry Bank Mill a few weekends ago and had a lovely walk through the woods but outdoor time has been scarce recently. Love the pumpkin too - we had a go at carving this time and it's so effective. A pity we only had one group of trick-or-treaters then! xx

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  12. Such lovely photos - I love the way you have presented them. The sighting (or not!) of the water rail reminds me of on my holiday - we saw several water rail but they were running about in and out of ditches and amongst the trees, I did get a good enough glimpse several times to know they were water rail yet I never saw one properly, if you know what I mean! So I count it as a lifer, yet I'd love to see one really properly. Also on holiday I got a photo of an Alpine Accentor yet at the time I thought it was a sparrow!!!

    Great blog post and it is good to see you blogging again. I am not trying to catch up with everyone's blogs, that would take forever but just looking at the most recent posts and sometimes just flipping through the photos of other posts. I am not very in the mood for taking photos or blogging right now, trying to get in the mood by reading other posts. :-) xx

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  13. I've just come across your blog. Lovely to look back on your year and see the great photos!

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    1. Thanks Coquetnaturelover, nice of you to call by...
      Amanda xx

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