On Friday we had caught up with the Black-tailed Godwits that had been found on Thursday morning but which we had chosen to ignore preferring to go for the Black Terns at Farmoor instead. We had intended to go for a look at them after Farmoor but the usual Bicester traffic chaos had thwarted that idea. They were easy enough to find since they were stood ankle (that's a birds ankle which is actually halfway up the leg) deep in the water but a long way out on the main scrape. Apparently the previous day they had been much closer in but you can't win them all.
|The brighter coloured of the Blackwits|
|Black-headed Gull bathing|
|Juvenile Common Whitethroat|
A single Common Snipe was present on both days as were up to 7 Green Sandpipers. Although at times both fed in the first cut of open water, the hide is still not quite close enough in order to get great shots with my lens. How I'd love the hide to be moved across the road! Better photos are gained when birds fly since a flying bird is a much bigger target to focus on!
|Grey Heron and prey.|
|Green Sandpiper, moulting a primary wing feather|
|"Notable" Green Woodpecker!|
|Adult male Green Woodpecker|
When it burst into flight I was ready and secured some nice flight images, probably too far away for a winning image, but I'll submit it in hope anyway. Woodpecker flight is very fast so the camera is more than useful in freezing the action to enable the intricate barring of the wings to be admired.
After a quick check on the Works Pool where the juvenile Little Grebes were still harassing their parents for food, Mrs Caley exclaimed "look, a deer"! Just beyond the gate and fence a Roebuck was sauntering past as bold as brass. It looked directly in our direction but wasn't bothered, even if it detected our presence, since it even stopped to munch on some vegetation. It melted into the long grasses at ease and disappeared from view although we were able to see it cross the scrape where its fed by the outlet stream from the reedbed.
|Grey Heron stand-off!|