Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wood White

We’re fortunate that the Forest of Dean is still home to this species, which is in long term decline. For some reason the local population seems to have emerged rather later this year than other populations in the country, unless I’ve simply been unlucky until now. This one was photographed on the 29th May.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

European Nightjar

Nice to see the return of what is probably my favourite bird. So far this year I've only seen a few, but will be spending a lot more time with them over the coming weeks, as per every year. This photo was taken last year in the Forest of Dean. The crop was unintentional as it was pitch black and largely down to guesswork as to when to fire the camera.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler photographed last week locally in the Forest of Dean. Wood warblers are long-distance migrants, breeding across Europe and wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. The species is declining in many countries across its breeding range. The UK wood warbler population has declined by 69% since the mid 1990s and has been lost from 50% of its former UK range.

Pied Flycatcher

A male Pied Flycatcher in the Forest of Dean, photographed while prospecting for a nest site with female. Numerous visits in to a small hollow in a tree trunk seemed to seal the deal, but I haven't returned to see if they decided to use it or not. Pied Flycatchers practice polygyny, so may well have at least one more mate elsewhere in the forest.