Yesterday I went to Staffordshire to twitch the male Red-footed Falcon that has been showing excellently, and thankfully it did the same for us! The bird stayed in the tree a little too far away for decent photography most of the time, but twice it flew towards us and hovered right in front of the crowd of scopes and huge lenses, before perching on the wire really quite close. A truly stunning bird, and a lifer!
Whilst it was sat in the tree I had a go at field sketching it, however I left my field sketchbook at home, so I had to make do with using my notebook, which was a shame but still a good chance to practice and develop my sketching skills.
A short walk down the road from the falcon the juvenile Black Redstart was still present, showing a bit distantly but still a great year tick, especially since I haven't seen one for about 5 years. We then went to RSPB Coombes Valley, in the hope of getting Pied Flycatcher and the other Redstart, but sadly we had no such luck. We didn't see much there, but we didn't stay too long, I did however see a Five-spot Burnet moth and a few interesting-looking insects which I still need to identify.
I'm Sorrel, a young birder, wildlife photographer and artist based in the East Midlands - this is my blog all about my birding and wildlife adventures.