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March 2024 - wildlife: from the Somerset Levels

March 30th 2024. A fine day at last. It turned out to be most productive as well as enjoyable. There were a reasonable number of ducks, manily Shoveler and teal rather than the Wigeon which had beShoveler, Anas clypean so predominent previously, no dobt flew on for heir migration.

Canada goose, Branta canadensis

Canada goose, Branta canadensis

Canada goose, Branta canadensis

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus

Shoveler, Anas clypeata

Shoveler, Anas clypeata

 Shoveler, Anas clypeata

 

Shoveler, Anas clypeata

 

Marsh harrier, Circus aeruginosus f

Common teal, Anas crecca m

March 23rd 2024. Another burst of sunshine among constant overcast or rain, day after day, brought a brief photo-session on the terrace. I was more than pleased with the results. Bumblebees must be straining to appear  - three species in a couple of days!

bumblebee, Bombus pascuorum q

bumblebee, Bombus pascuorum q

bumblebee, Bombus hortorum q

bumblebee, Bombus hortorum q

bumblebee, Bombus hortorum q

March 24th 2024. A quick dash into Catcott Lows brought this rather nice study of a pair of Wigeon.

Wigeon, Anas penelope (perhaps the most beautiful of scientific names) 

March 22nd 2024. I have bought another camera, having read about its special powers, The Nikon 750 is a full-frame camera with a reputation for some of the most effective re-sizing available. All users report how powerful it is. Although the full frame reduces the native size on the screen, will the reported system improve the ultimate picture further? Here are a couple of results taken today. Both have been blown extremely heavily from a tiny part of the original, particularly the bumblebee. 

bumblebee, Bombus pratorum q

chironomid midge m

 

March 19th 2024. While not completely perfect, it was a most significant visit to Catcott Lows today. The Spotted redshank came much closer and the pale Hen harrier male put in a distant visit. 

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

 

Hen harrier, Circus cyaneus 

Hen harrier, Circus cyaneus

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo

Common buzzard, Buteo buteo

March 17th 2024. A commonplace visit to Catcott Lows. I was anxious to test out some modifications which fortunately turned out successful. Common they may be, but the pictures pleased. Canada geese have started to appear among the duck recently.

Canada goose, Branta canadensis

One of the rather few Lapwings out on the moor and the pond. They are deeply missed by everyone for their explosive bursts into flight, wild calls, brilliant colouring as well as sheer numbers. It is years now since we were used to their huge flocks, now just a dribble occasionally.

Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus

Wigeon, Anas penelope

Wigeon, Anas penelope f

Wigeon, Anas penelope f

March 16th 2024. Another rather constrained visit to Catcott Lows saw this bunchof Wigeon flying in from elsewhere, amid many calls and excitement, splashing and frantic cleaning as is normal at this time of year.

March 6th 2024. A short visit to Catcott Lows brought a surprise. I have never, to my knowledge, seen a Spotted redshank before. It remained far over, in the area previously known for attracting waders but thought to be too deep under present conditions. But there it was, unmistakable!

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus

Little egret, Egretta garzetta

Little egret, Egretta garzetta

March 5th 2024. I had the shock of my life this morning; I stepped out of the front door, saw a large bird coming towards me and realised what it was, as it flashed over the house in a second - a female Peregrine falcon, far too fast for a picture except in my retina briefly.

March 4th 2024.  When I opened up the trail camera today, there was an absolute bonanza, both colour and black and white pictures in volume. This new camera is proving its worth in both resolution and capturing original detail. 

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

Roebuck, Capreolus capreolus

 

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

 Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

 

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

It gives me great pleasure to take the next few pictures in that marvellous silvery light that occurs in conjunction with the changeover from daylight to nighttime. It has its own special quality.

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

Roe deer, Capreolus capreolus

 

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Badger, Meles meles

Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus

Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus