Saturday 11 April 2015

A New Spring is sprung.

 I can't believe its been a whole year since my last post! I guess I've been somewhat preoccupied with personal and family events? Hopefully things will start to settle down and I can get back into a regular routine? I thought I'd start off by updating my blog and publishing some of my recent paintings some of which I made while exhibiting at the RSPB headquarters at 'THE LODGE' near Sandy in Bedfordshire. I have also been sketching birds of prey with particular attention to a pair of Common Buzzards that have a nest not far from where I live in Hertfordshire. Buzzards and Red Kites have been doing exceptionally well here recently and I see them quite frequently. So far, I have also seen Short Eared Owl, Rough Legged Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, Little Owl, Sparrow Hawk, Tawny Owl and Kestrel all on my regular local birding trips. Last year a pair of Hobbies nested at 'THE LODGE' alongside a pair of Ravens and both pairs successfully raised young! Everyone is hoping that the same thing happens again this year?
Female Merlin at Therfield Heath.

Peregrine. Regularly seen in Stevenage over the winter.

Red Kites on my patch in Hertfordshire.

Hobby at the Visitor Centre, THE LODGE.

Greater Pecker at THE LODGE.

Ravens at THE LODGE.

Little Owl, Knebworth Estate.


Spotted Flycatchers at THE LODGE.

Linnets and Thrift on the Norfolk Coast.

Greenfinches on feeders at THE LODGE.

Pied Wagtails on my patch last year.

Chaffinches in the garden.

Tree Creeper at THE LODGE.