Tuesday, December 01, 2009

27th - 30th November 2009: Sheffield and the Peak district, UK

We've been staying on the edge of the Peak District for a few days with our friends the McAlls. Here are some pics from our travels.

We visited my namesake town - Bakewell - for the first time, and were very impressed!

Eurasian Jackdaws are attractive, and, in this case, very confiding.

Eurasian Coots are mega-rarities in Malaysia - not so here!

I'm used to Common Moorhens being shy and elusive!

An interesting variation on the normal plumage caused by partial leucism.

A short walk from our hosts' home there was a pair of (White-throated) Dippers, one of which was colour-ringed. The light was challenging and the birds wary, so this was the best I could manage.

Some views from Stannage Edge in the Peak District National Park:

There were no birds visible or audible except the occasional Red Grouse calls, which sound like a cross between a sheep and a duck. In amongst the vast swathes of heather, I didn't hold out much hope of seeing any, but spotted one calling while I stopped to snack on an apple.

First, some flight views.

Then a pair feeding close by which didn't seem too bothered by my presence.

The call sounds like "Go back! Go back! Go back!."

So I went back well satisfied!


Choy Wai Mun said...

Great shots, especially the grouse.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Dipper,
it is one of my (very few)
temperate country dream birds.
Choo Eng.