Brockholes Quarry 14th May 2009

Been away for a few days so no birding as such but managed a few sightings on my travels. A pair of Red Legged Partridge wandering across a farm road near Brancaster then a single Red Grouse while heading across snake pass, both lifers. Also managed 3 Red Kite on the way down the M40 between Oxford services and High Wycombe, this stretch is always a good place to see them and I’m sure I’d have seen more if it hadn’t been raining.

Received an email from Mike last night letting me know about Black Tern at Brockholes Quarry and hoping not to be disappointed we headed up there tonight.
I’d checked the forum and 4 had been seen during the morning so was a little hopeful.
Arrived just after 7.00pm and joined the others to watch 5 (3 male and 2 female I was informed) Black Tern feeding over No. 1 pit. Also on No.1 pit were 5 Ringed Plover flying low over the water but not really settling anywhere. After an hour we headed back to the main pit where 8 Whimbrel where present before we left at 8.45pm. Also sighted were another 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover and a Curlew. There was also a Garganey on the main pit though we didn’t see it when we looked for it as we left. A Roe Deer moved from the trees across the road and then over the main bit as we were leaving. Not sure if it was a young male, if you know please let us know.

1 comment:

Zac Hinchcliffe said...

Thanks for the Kind words.
I have a 100-400mm lens. The light certainly was an issue with the terns, myself arriving onsite from 18:00-18:53. Most of the photos were taken at c18.35. The light was terrible so I had to shoot with ISO 1600 to keep the shutter speed reasonably high.