Tony McLean's East Yorkshire Wildlife Diary

Wildlife photography in East Yorkshire

A hesitant Spring…

Spring spring

Finally we have been treated to a spell of mild, dry weather. The cold northerly and easterly winds have been replaced by their southern counterparts and it looks as though Spring has arrived at last. The trees are beginning to bud and blossom and the local wildlife are busy preparing for the next generation.

Of course, the local predators are always around to take advantage of the situation. Very early one morning, I managed to get a photograph of the local fox with a goose eggs between its jaws; it’s remarkable that such a savage jaw could hold a fragile egg with such delicacy.

The swallows have also returned. Initially, in small groups but yesterday evening, there were more than fifty skimming over the surface of the lake. I managed one decent photograph but anymore would certianly lead to madness. A pair of common buzzards have been visiting on a regular basis and trying to keep their distance from the local jackdaw and black-headed gull communities.

The local barn owl seems to have paired up too and appears to be doing well despite the increased competition from other predators. I was about a hundred yards away from one of the owls the other night when it turned and issued a warning screech in my direction. I backed off straight away and the owl flew off. I was only trying to get back to my car!

But the most wonderful aspect of the past few weeks has definitely been the quality of the light. When the light is that good it’s so hard to stay at home! The last picture in this blog entry demonstrates this beautiful light. A single white horse from the neighbouring farm against a broken old fence. I just had to take a picture!

[As usual, please click on any image in order to see a larger version]

Coot runing on water

Great-crested grebe-dawn flight

Common Buzzard spring morning

Hungry Buzzard

Gull fight

Oystercatchers spring mating

A proud father goose

Red fox-egg thief

Swallow feeding

White horse and drain

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2 thoughts on “A hesitant Spring…

  1. Barry on said:

    Great pictures again, Tony. I’m looking forward to visiting Tophill Low during the middle of May.

  2. Brilliant captures! I particularly liked the jumping rabbit, it brought to mind a Monty Python killer rabbit jumping on a duck!

    Thanks G. i’d forgotten all about that sketch. I must look it up!

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