Rons Blog

The Dipper on the river Greta.

Day 32 Sunrise on the Greta A after 32 days of finding the Dipper, I arrived on day 32 and got into position. It was quiet so I thought the worse that the Mink had been to the nest. After 20 minutes the first Dipper arrived at the nest but it was carrying Leaves. So… Read more »

Pete Looking good.

Pete is still calling for his companion so i will speak to the Management and see if we can get a Female for next year. That will be only when i have researched into the ins and outs of the Peacock breeding. Just a thought for next year.

The Starling

We have a nest opposite with a Starling family in, i know people look at it as a pest but i look at the Starling as an amazing bird who like all the other birds is here and has to do what all the other birds do breed and raise a family. Catch the Starling… Read more »

The Dipper

Great news the Dipper get taken by the Mink and i visited on Tuesday afternoon to see the adults still feeding taking food from the bottom of the river Greta. The nest is situated high in a very mossy rock face . They find the food and have the same habit of sitting on the… Read more »

The Wood Pigeon

Just look at the colours on the head of this Wood Pigeon sitting in the sun. Amazing detail.

The Hide

To all that use the Hide for their pleasure, i have placed a sign in the Hide asking for seed donations from people that visit and use the hide.  As the response has been poor i have no option than to leave ask people to take their own food for the birds. This means that… Read more »

May is Here

As May begins I rise early to the sight of the Rook raiding my feeders, but in the middle of the flock is a Grey Squirrel taking the nuts I put out the night before. I arrive at the river which is very low, and great for the Kingfisher to get the Minos for their… Read more »

Portraits of a few Birds

Many people don’t realise how much detail there is in Birds, we just see them flying and sitting or eating. So i am trying to capture as many birds faces to show how much we are missing in the bird life on site and down at the hide

Jay in Flight

I am very pleased with the new camera set up and with experience in the hide i tried capturing the Jay in flight. This is the hardest form of photography to master but after 4 years in the hide and hundreds of hours i am very familiar to how the Jay feeds when he enters… Read more »

Testing new Camera out at the Hide.

After 3 years with the Canon Camera i decided to have a change and give Nikon a try. I went for the Nikon D500 with the Nikon 200-500mm Lens. I am over the moon with results considering i have only had it a week. Please enjoy the level of photography from this combination.

Donkey Having its Back done

As i was coming back from the Hide i passed the field where the Donkey and Sheltland Pony are and noticed the Donkey lying down and 2 Jackdaws were pecking at the fur and collecting it for their nests. I have never seen this before and hope the Donkey enjoyed its back being scratched.

Redpoll feeding

The Lessor Redpoll were busy over the weekend, and the numbers have picked up. I counted 30 out side our van feeding on Niger on the bird table and on the ground. There at the hide daily and love the new Reflection pool. They nest in Alder and Willow very low down.

Small birds

Lovely to see these little birds in such a an amazing location. Getting to grips with my new Camera and Lens, it will take time but the images so far after a week are very pleasing.


Lovey light whilst filming the Red Squirrel and a pair of Pheasant’s came in to try and get the odd nut.

Canada Goose

Nice Canada goose chasing the young from last year off.

An afternoon with the Red Squirrel

Hi to everyone i had a great afternoon with Ruth filming the Red Squirrel in an amazing location. They are very friendly and like having their picture taken. If you like any photos please contact me as i can print and frame for a small charge.

Dipper Family

Well i bring sad news about the Dipper family i found on the river Greta on Sunday. I went down yesterday to do some more filming and waited 30 minutes. I then found out why the Dipper was not anywhere to be seen, a big Mink came from directly under the Nest site so it… Read more »


A Lovely Lapwing wading in a man made lake near to Hornby, colours are stunning when caught in the right light. This is a Red Status bird so sightings are becoming rare for a lot of people.