Stags Lodge & Brockholes Nature Reserve -16th May 2010
I spent four hours this afternoon trying to photograph Warblers at Brockholes Nature Reserve this afternoon without much luck. I was hoping for both Reed and Garden Warblers but with no sign of the latter and the former being very elusive I had to make do with Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler. There were c5 Whitethroat and c30 Sedge as I walked around the reedbeds of the west end of No 1 pit and the Main pit. I've started to photograph in RAW to try and improve the quality of my photographs and the Sedge Warbler I shot using manual focus as the autofocus was struggling through the reeds.
There was no sign of the Wood Sandpiper that was reported yesterday though having watched 2 guys not to far from the east end of No 1 pit last night where the bird had been seen earlier I'm not supprised its no longer in the area.
I visited Stags Lodge twice today with all 4 species of Warbler on show or calling on both visits. I only had the camera with me this afternoon so the Willow Warbler was all I managed after missing out on a male Balckcap earlier on my walk. A Greater Spotted Woodpecker was calling this morning from one of the large Beach trees and a Song Thrush has been calling most of the week from the trees near to the river.