The last apples of the season tempted a Fieldfare into a local car park.
We regularly have one or two red kites gliding through or flying close to our garden – possibly attracted by next door’s chickens. Usually, as I reach for the camera they disappear from view. Yesterday, however, I actually managed to get a shot of a kite as it exited our garden and then some distant shots as it perched in tall trees and scouted the area.
I often see partridges but usually it is a short lived view of a single partridge scurrying or flying for cover in the undergrowth or amongst field crops. However, at this time of year it is great to see groups of partridge looking for food in the open fields near The Ridgeway.
A shorebird that sometimes seems very at home when close to people. These shots were taken along the seafront at Belem in Portugal.
I’m no expert on crustaceans but I believe this is a red swamp crayfish, an invasive species that is gradually colonising loads of different places outside its native U.S. home. This one was spotted in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve in Portugal.
These days it is possible to see egrets large and small in the UK but the Cattle Egret is still only an occasional visitor. However, here in the Tagus Estuary of Portugal and in many other parts of southern Europe, they are well established.