Wednesday, 27 June 2007
After the foul weather of the last two days these swifts were taking full advantage of a sunny, warm windy evening at cayton carrs sewage works last evening. A fantastic aerial display from up to 50 birds, frantically feeding before the next weather front arrives. Identification of rare swifts can be a problem, a range of form and colour in this one species is quite evident. Notice the full crops on some of these birds.
Sunday, 24 June 2007
I heard the chack alarm call in a small overgrown copse and briefly saw the adult bird with food dissappear quickly. I took these images to give an impression of how skulking this bird is. It really is a plain bird but that white eyebrow, cream throat and blue grey legs make it one of my favourites. Once again, dull with heavy showers, not ideal for photography. All photos taken near ravenscar.
Saturday, 23 June 2007
The usual sighting of this bird is a flash of blue down the river at high speed. However, if you sit and wait and have luck on your side, this azure gem comes to rest and the colours explode when the light catches it in its favourite haunt within the tangled roots of a shaded bank.