Three or four times this winter down at Newton Marsh I`ve witnessed a GREAT BACKED GULL and a PEREGRINE FALCON attacking the Wigeon flock at the same time, hopeing to be successful by the confusion they cause. To see with one`s own eyes this spectacle is amazing but to capture images of the event with the camera as the story unfolds was I thought almost impossible. This was the first time I`ve seen one be successful and to my suprise the GBBG was the one to capture a Wigeon,it took aprox 12 mins for the GBBG to kill the Wigeon while being mobbed by the PF.After a while the GBBG had had enough of the PF and got up of the Marsh to chase the PF away,but after a short distance the rolls were reversed and the falcon turned on the gull attacking it.The gull flew off and the falcon dived into the water dragging the Wigeon to the bank were it started to feast on its trophy.Who would have thought that the PF would have scavenged of a GBBG kill.I`ve posted images of the event as they unfold even though they are only distant record shots.NATURE IN THE RAW.
Thursday, 20 March 2014
A female goldeneye at Mere Sands Wood and an Advocet at Marshside before returning to Newton Marsh were a Greylag Goose flew over,a Little Grebe was diving for sticklebacks and the Coots were fighting over territories as the breeding season starts.A record shot of a MERLIN at distance and into the light was a good tick for the Marsh.Finishing of with an image of the River Ribble at sunset from the Bull Nose at Preston Dock.
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Less than a mile away as the crow flies from my abode lies Haslam Park and its duck pond and at times over the last few winters Goosanders have used the pond as a night roosting spot.A few weeks ago upto 5 Goosanders had been seen early morning but soon flew off to their feeding grounds as the dog walkers appeared. I was lucky enough to catch one on the pond in wonderful evening light but had to shoot a fully 2 stops underexposed so as not to burn the white on the bird out.I`ve posted a few images of the bird and love the way the light and underexposure have worked.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
I`ve always suspected that a water rail would be seen at Newton Marsh sooner or later and in early january I had a brief glimpse of one.I visited a few times over the next couple of weeks and with a bit of patience and a lot of luck I managed a few images of the rail some of which I have posted below.This was the first water rail on the marsh for me and a great tick for my local patch.