Sunday, 13 September 2009
So else has paid a visit ?
My hours waiting at the perches have not been entirely fruitless.
My set up consists of a ground level seat, bag hide, tripod and of course, my camera.
Once I arrive at the site, I will very quickly check that all is OK in the swim and that the perches are not damaged etc.,. I will then set up the camera, get comfy and then cover myself with my bag hide.
Once inside my protective cloak it is amazing just how quickly the wildlife resumes its usual activities.
There's the family of Jays that announce their arrival very vocally. Not quite as loud, are the Long Tail Tits that work through the trees looking for insects.
It also seems that certain birds work to a timetable. There's the swans that fly off to feed at 8.30, the Heron that makes it's way towards Rainham at 9, the Canada Geese that fly off to graze half hour after that.
I've had some more surprising sights and sounds, and I've logged them for future projects - Sparrow Hawk, Woodpeckers and Egrett. Yesterday, a fox walked right in front of me along the opposite bank - he had no idea I was there.
One mystery keeping me guessing is what I think is a bird call. It consists of a loud ping - just one. Not unlike a Bearded Tit, but much louder.
I'll solve that little mystery in time and report back.
I know there are also Little Owls on the site - another project right on my doorstep.
Who else has visited ? Well, this Robin stopped by the other day
Posted by Graham at 19:32