Morning Dog Walk: Another Species Arrives Back From Africa

I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

I spotted another returning bird this morning, a Woodchat Shrike which has travelled back from Africa. She (told because of the white patch in front of the eye) was quite a distance away, but managed to snap a quick record shot. I look forward to getting closer to these amazing “butcher” birds. Shrikes are known to hang their prey on fences and bramble. In case you are wondering, just out of focus to the left is a Stonechat. Continuing below the photo are some more sights.

I had turned to walk away from the Woodchat Shrike when I heard drumming on a regularly battered telephone pole. I crept closer until I was close enough to capture a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming for attention from the females.

I continued my walk nearing the ruin where “Bluey and Roxy” are nesting and from a distance I managed to grab a shot of both of them together. The female has a Bumblebee for breakfast.

As I got closer to the ruin, Bluey (the male) was a little camera-shy this morning, but he did pop his head up to check where I was.

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