So after I went up to Teesdale earlier in the week with a friend and finding a small population of Whinchats, I returned myself with my scope to get some better shots of them
The first birds I came across were a pair of Ring Ouzels which flew from underneath the bracken to the other side of the valley.
A little further on I could hear the young Whinchats calling to be fed. They were all over the place, on both sides of the valley.
I set my scope up as the parents were perched higher up the hill, aware of me they were keeping their distance.
I then came across a young Grey Wagtail, just starting to get some colour to it. Then Dipper flew 20 yards down the stream and settled in the shadows. I got my binoculars on to it, this also was a young bird.
My attention was then grabbed by a Merlin flying over the path about 100 yards away, it disappeared onto the moors. This followed two sightings of it on the previous Monday.
I retraced my steps and spent a few more minutes with the Whinchats getting photos of the male and female and a young bird which happily sat up on a stem.
A great day out, at a difficult time of year for birding
I have decided I need to get a carbon fibre tripod to dampen vibrations - but which is the question??
A couple of shots from Monday where Pete and myself had a good tour of Teesdale.
A change of location and we came across a definite Merlin, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel, Red Grouse, Mistle Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, and Stonechat.
While Pete took a walk up a valley in search of more Ring Ouzel, I had to make do with hunting a quarry and found this fella still living there.