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Stonechats at Longridge Fell

On my recent travels around Longridge Fell I have come across some stonechats. These beautiful little birds can often be seen perching in prominent positions and announcing their presence with their distinctive calls.

They are a lovely little bird to photograph and I was lucky to be able to capture some nice images of the stonechats.

The is the favourite bird of a birdwatching friend and I hope he has a look at my blog and enjoys my efforts with the camera to capture these handsome residents of the fells.

It is a lovely time to be out and about in our springtime countryside when everything is at it’s best. This has been helped by the wonderful warm and dry conditions of late.

Lots of insects and grubs this Spring to feed the many little mouths. I have also shown some images of a singing , , curlew and .

The curlew is sadly in decline due mainly to loss of habitat and farming practices. I must say I have noticed a lack of this Spring in my travels. The final images show orange tip butterfly on a dandelion, bluebell and a couple showing the local scenery from Longridge Fell.

Thanks for looking in and I will be back soon with more from my travels.

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Brian Rafferty

Brian Rafferty

I am based in Preston. Lancashire. This central location enables me to travel easily to a wide variety of habitats in the North of England. I tend these days not to travel very far as I find that there is plenty to see not very far from home. On my own doorstep are a wonderful variety of habitats – natural woodlands, open fells and hill country, unspoilt river valleys and I have easy access to the delights of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. As you will see from my bird images much time is spent at the wonderful coastal sites forming part of Morecambe Bay and the Ribble Estuary e.g. Marshside and Leighton Moss. In recent years Digital Photography has taken over from Video and as time has moved on I have acquired more and more equipment – as you do!!I use Nikon Camera Equipment and currently use a Nikon D200 for general work and a D300 specifically for bird photography. The D300m is usually coupled to a 500mm F4 lens which has dramatically changed the quality of images that I am now able to obtain.I am enjoying being able to post images on Flickr and share the rewards of our wonderful interests with the rest of the world!!!

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