Country Park, Countryside, Deer, Encounters, Environmental, Exploration, Fungi, Greenbelt, Mammals, Natural History, Nature Reserve, Video, Vlog, Walk, Woodland

October: Amazing Autumn

Made in October 2011 [VIDEOS], three great things to look out for this month:  acorn crazy Jays, Rutting Fallow Deer & fun looking Fungi! 🥜 🦌 🍄 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeR-IWdG31o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjILAn8uIxc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuE0I27dGQI Apologies for the inaccuracies in the Fungi video; pronunciation of hallucinogenic and apparently you can eat  Amethyst Deceivers - but it is better to be safe than… Continue reading October: Amazing Autumn

Birds, Encounters, River, Video

Common Kingfisher on an Urban River

On Tuesday I got up somewhat early, to arrive in Leicestershire for sunrise, where I met up with my friend James Burman. We planned to have a full day to locate, observe and film (or photograph in James's case) his local Kingfishers, which frequent a river in the middle of a fairly busy town. This… Continue reading Common Kingfisher on an Urban River

BBC, Birds, Countryside, Encounters, Local, TV, Video

Waxwing Winter

Six years ago it was a similar mild and wet December, I happened to be looking on Twitter when I saw a tweet announcing that there was a large flock of Waxwings, at the Midlands best garden centre, Webbs of Wychbold in north Worcestershire. It had been several years since the last irruption of Waxwings… Continue reading Waxwing Winter

Birds, Encounters, Greenbelt, Local, Nest, Video, Vlog, Walk, Woodland

Eurasian Nuthatch

On 28th March (2018) I was out walking with my mum, when I spotted a couple of Nuthatches on the edge of a wood where we were just about to walk through, and I happened to notice that one of them was putting mud around a hole in a tree, as its nest is in… Continue reading Eurasian Nuthatch

Birds, Coast, Conservation, Countryside, Encounters, Exploration, Film, Nature Reserve, Nest, Video, Vlog

Wildlife in April

Dash out in between the drip, drip, drop, little April showers and see the wildlife detailed in my short videos below: (2012) https://youtu.be/DTr_Ksn22KA https://youtu.be/dLJy_3Br2LM https://youtu.be/YA5zpPpa_lw (2011) https://youtu.be/fGLM6P4Ir-k https://youtu.be/rg8aYVVEp4Y https://youtu.be/0cRXkpY0koE Thanks for visiting 🙂 x  

Amphibians, Birds, Countryside, Encounters, Farm, Film, Video

Wildlife in March

Despite Snowmageddon, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma, some animals will still be going about their business as usual, if you can believe it!  The videos below are of what you may see if you venture out, if not, then you got to enjoy these species in detail in the comfort of your home, and maybe would… Continue reading Wildlife in March

Birds, Coast, Encounters, Exploration, Film, Nature Reserve, Video

Canned Hilbre

⬆️ The video mentioned in the blog-post ⬇️

Elliot Montieth

Joined up with midlands naturalist Adam L. Canning for a trip over to Hilbre Island, Cheshire yesterday for a winter fix of waders and sea ducks. A total of 7hrs was spent on the island with Adam, resulting in a number of notable species: Purple Sandpiper, Common Scoter, Rock Pipit, Brent Goose (ssp. hota), Common Eider and an unseasonable Northern Gannet to name but a few.

The perfect lighting gave way for some ample photographic opportunities of the wintering Purple Sandpipers on the island, I’ve uploaded several onto the blog. Hopefully you’ll be able to make out the purple iridescence which gives them their name.

Purple Sandpiper_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 1_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 3_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sandpiper 4_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Purple Sand_edited-1 Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)

Other bits and bobs…

Common Scoter_edited-1 Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)

Eider on Hilbre_edited-1 Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)

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