Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Wonderful Day with the Birds of Prey

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a well known tourist attraction in the Uk. This trust is involved in rehabilitation, conservation or birds of prey. The centre at Andover, houses a variety of species from allover the world like the Striated Caracara, African Fishing Eagle, Twamy Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Harris Hawks, Brahminy kites, Red Kite, variety of Owls and last but not the least the Magnificent Bald Eagle. The park is spread over 22 acers of land and has two dedicated Flying grounds and a wild flower meadow. The Park is open to the public every day from 10.30am - 5.30pm. A typical day at The Hawk Conservancy Trust runs like this: Displays start with the Vulture Restaurant at 11.30. The Noon and 3.30 flying displays are held in the Lower Flying Grounds while the 2.00 Valley of the Eagles display takes place in Reg's Meadow . At the end of the day, there's a wild Red Kite and Heron feed at the hides. Additional activities include duck races and Raptor Safari tractor & trailer rides. A must visit place for all bird lovers to see these Magnificent Raptors at close quarters.
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Visit the Image Gallery : Hawk Conservancy Trust , Andover Uk

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Harnam Meddows

It was Friday evening and time for my usual walk through the Harnam Meddows. I saw quite a few Black headed Gulls flying past in the afternoon towards the cathedral an was hoping that i can get some decent shots. Walked through the waterlne and entered the went up to the river. Did not find the gulls. Waite for about half hour and hen decided to take a walk up to the old mill hotel. No luck. Still wanted to see the gulls ad traced my step back to the back of the river. Spotted three of them buy the river and slowly settled down with my camera fixed on my tripod. The gulls played and splashed in the water - manage some good shots, It was a god evening and returned home after 3 hrs

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Harnam Meddows - Black Headed Gull

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

A visit to paradise of the winged visitors

Wildfowl & Wetland Trust - Washington Newcastle Uk - July 11th -14th 2008

This is one of the most exciting birding trips i have ever had outside India. This place is a real paradse for not only birders but also for one who loves nature. Would love to pay visit again.

Click here to see the Image gallery : http://picasaweb.google.com/kumar.natarajan/WildfowlWetlandTrustWashingtonNewcastle

Click here to read my Trip Diary : http://wildlifetripreports.blogspot.com/
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Friday, 11 July 2008

Shot of the Day

After giving me some decent shots, the bird did not stop and wanted to show off. It came out of the foliage onto the open branch. It seemed as though the bird was saying to me' Not satisfied with my earlier poses? Here is my final stance before i go and attend to my work.

I am extremely satisfied with today's shoot. Indeed by favourite bird is turing out to be ''The bird of the Month'

Forgot to mention this. Saw a domesticated Lama. Did not know they were also reared along with the sheeps' in this country.
I am off tomorrow to visit the two bird sanctuaries in-and around Newcastle. Hoping to see more of these beauties.

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More Poses

Want to take pictures of me. Goahead

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Thursday, 10 July 2008

Long Tailed Tit

Salisbury gained a new look after two days of gloomy weather - Rain, wind and cloud. The sun came out at 2:00p.m today and was shining briliantly. The rain had washed the haze out of the atmosphere and the sky was blue. Came back from office , grabbed my camera and took my usual trail hoping to get some good shots. After 15-20 min on the trail I could hear my favourite bird 'The Long Tailed Tit'. There were a colony of them playing in the bushes. I waited in anticipation that one of them will come out in the open. Here he ca me.

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Robin - Robin Erithacus rubecula

The red breast makes identification easy but it can be told even in silhouette , by its plump shape, upright stance and habit of making abrupt movements. These birds sing throughout the year because they will occupy thier own territory during the winter.In order to defend their winter territories, the females have to sing and display just like males do.

Indeed a delight to watch.

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