BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE. UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Picture Trio.


Courtesy of Peter Guy.
No birding today and tomorrow depends on the weather, nothing new there then. Meanwhile three more excellent pics from three of my much appreciated band of photographers. In Lancashire the Black Grouse joined a growing list of counties in England where the species has become extinct having been in decline for over 150 years for a number of reasons. The history of the Black Grouse in Lancashire is shrouded in the mist of doubt of it ever having existed in the county in a truly wild state on account of introductions for shooting purposes.
Courtesy of Paul Baker.

The Bushtit is a smart little bird of North America and can be found outside the breeding season in flocks of up to 60 birds. Both male and female incubate the eggs and after hatching can often be seen aided by the help of other species feeding the young.

Courtesy of Paul Foster.
By way of a change a smart stag Red Deer seen and photographed by Paul at the Griesdale Hide at Leighton Moss during the rut, a reserve - and particularly the hide - which almost offers a guarantee of seeing these beautiful creatures at close range, a sight to remember forever.

2 comments:

Colin Bushell said...

Black Grouse: stunning!

Pete Woodruff said...

Never seen one Colin but tried to once a couple of years ago with BT/JB on a trip to Langdon Beck and failed miserably.

One of those soul destroying exercises which does nothing to enhance the passion for birding.