Sunday, 16 August 2015

Red Footed Wonder ... and were not talking footie!

Red footed falcon

Country park maptp Mapaption
On the 6 August Rhodie and I went to Chatterley Whitfield Heritage Country Park near Stoke on Trent, to see the Red footed Falcon.

Like most recent and popular sightings, when we arrived there, there were a clump of birders there scanning the area for the Falcon.

Police warning - your on camera
We noticed a few police notices tied to the fence, warning people from refraining from feeding and attempting to net the bird and that it was a protected species. Which was quite disturbing to see that people would actually try and capture any wild bird.

We didn't have to wait long before one of them beckoned us to join him further along the road, as he had spotted the bird on a fence post overlooking the side gardens of the ex colliery museum.

It was a sweet looking juvenile and wasn't perturbed by the onlookers one bit and occasionally flew down onto the grass picking up worms and slugs then back onto the fence post to eat them.

At one time a Kestrel joined it on a couple of posts further away and both seemed quite at ease with each other even though encroaching on each other's territory.

We didn't stay all that long as it was a good and easy sighting .... always nice to see nature that close up .

1 comment:

RSPB Liverpool Local Group. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a registered charity: England and Wales no' 207076, Scotland no. SC037654 said...

Lovely photies Neil.
The police notice was warranted, someone tried to kidnap it on 24/07/15.(Trying to make out it belonged to them!)