Saturday, 21 January 2012

A cat treat'

No sign of the cattle egret today until last light. A fox hunt on Watton Carrs may have dislodged it from Easingwold and we had nothing but negative back from Hempholme. However at last light Andy Nunn picked it up on the water treatment works compound lawns again - where it possibly could have been all day if no one glanced that way. It merited another fine shot from the bino/phone combo - one day I'll get a proper pic!:

Also seen today were ring tailed hen harrier at Hempholme and a Marsh Harrier over D woods.

Finally I now have the results in for the permit photo contest for the 2012-13 permit design. As stated the picture had to be taken in 2011 and be submitted by e-mail or in person. We've had some belters this year and thanks to everyone who has sent in the photos which make the blog.

I made the selection of a short list based on the needs of the permit design - we need an image that can work on a credit card size and have the space to work in the cardholder details too. At this scale supreme image quality was not necessarily important. Given we had a kingfisher for 2011-12 we decided we would go for a change this year. The images I thought worked well in no particular order include John Coish's black-necked grebe avoiding a tufted duck:

Martin Standley's common tern in flight:

Mike Day's courting great spotted woodpeckers:

Andy Marshall's common tern in a close shave with a peregrine:

Perched barn owl by Roy Vincent:

Osprey by Alan Walkington:

And otter by Andy Marshall:

However we took all images anonymously to the department at Yorkshire Water and got them to vote for their favourite on nothing more than image merit. A close second was Tony McLean's excellent barn owl in the evening light:

But the worthy winner was... Alan Walkington's picture of a the long-tailed tit family which always brings a smile to anyone viewing it.

It is this image that will feature in the new permit design and Alan wins a year's membership to site - well done! - Again thanks to everyone who submitted and apologies we couldn't include them all.

We are running the same open contest for 2012 - however - to save me deliberating on which to inlcude; we will this time be asking for individuals to submit just one photo each in December. Remember images need to work on credit card size and feature space for names etc - pictures must have been taken in or around Tophill during 2012 - happy snapping...