I’d planned to go further afield this morning but circumstances dictated that I couldn’t go too far from home. My local bird reserve, Conwy RSPB, is only 5 minutes away so at 8.15 I was there, camera gear at the ready.
My first thought was “it’s quiet” but I could not have been more wrong.
On reaching the boardwalk screen i could see 4 Godwits feeding in front of it. As I sneaked up to the window, trying my best not to disturb them, I heard a familiar “chack” call from behind me. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker was calling from a tree and stayed long enough for me to get this shot
As the ‘pecker flew off it was back to the Godwits. They are such irritating birds to photograph when they are feeding as they spend 95% of the time with their heads in the water, just occasionally coming up for a breath. Alternatively, they will stop and look around if disturbed. Either way I managed to get these.
Whilst at the screen I spotted a Kingfisher coming my way along the reed edge but it stopped before it reached me, just out of sight. A few seconds later there was a “plop” and it appeared on a rock eating a tiny fish. A Kingfisher in clear view and staying still? – that’s unusual!
Whilst I was watching the smaller birds a Sparrowhawk passed me within 2 feet as it patrolled the paths. I had no chance of a photo but I did spot this bird being mobbed by a crow in the distance. It was fascinating to watch, the two even locking talons and falling out of the sky for a few seconds.
Not bad for a “quiet” morning!