Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Another Hello from Reading

  1. #1

    Default Another Hello from Reading

    Hi all,
    Not sure how active this forum is?! but found it whilst trying to find a good spot for owl spotting in/around Reading.
    I live in Lower Earley, and whilst we get an abundance of kites/buzzards and a selection of garden birds, I'm finding the owls are rather elusive!


    Looking forward to reading through some of the things on here and seeing what I can find out

    Gav

  2. #2
    Administrator rolf's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rolf
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tilehurst, Berkshire
    Posts
    11,264
    Cameras and Equipment

    Olympus E-30, Sigma 50-500mm Lens, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, Zuiko 70-300mm lens, Sigma 50mm F1,4 lens, Extension tube, 1.4x tele-converter, Carbon FibreTripod, Monopod, Vanguard Binoculars, Celestron 80F-ED Scope, Remembird recorder.

    Blog Entries
    10

    Default

    Hi Gav, welcome to the forum. Not the busiest in the world, but always someone about.

    Not so sure about Owl sites, although I'd like to spot some myself.
    Rolf

  3. #3
    Regular Member
    Real Name
    joe
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Woodley Reading
    Posts
    1,020
    Cameras and Equipment

    Nikon D300,nikon 70-200 +1.7 converter. Nikon 105 mm Macro with VR Sigma 300 with X2 converter Nikon P5000 with fieldscope and Binos Nikon D7000 Nikon 17-55 mm F2.8

    Default

    Hi Gav, There is a barn owl box at Dinton Pastures visible from the path leading tp Bittern hide
    Joe

  4. #4
    Super Moderator Catherine's Avatar
    Real Name
    Catherine
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Retford, Nottinghamshire
    Posts
    3,277
    Cameras and Equipment

    Fujifilm FinePix S8200 plus Samsung J5 mobile phone camera. Chinon Compact 9-21 x 25 RB binoculars and 10x - 30x60 Zoom binoculars

    Default

    Welcome from me too, Gavin!

    I live too far south of you to be able to help.

    Although we hear many Tawny Owls in the Oak trees around here at night, we very seldom see them.

    I hope you have more luck up in the Reading area!

  5. #5

    Default

    Cheers guys,
    Joe, I've seen that box up there, but have always wondered if it's actually used? there are always kids trying to scrabble up that tree

    I'll keep checking back here from time to time, as at least there are some locals here!!

  6. #6
    Administrator rolf's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rolf
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tilehurst, Berkshire
    Posts
    11,264
    Cameras and Equipment

    Olympus E-30, Sigma 50-500mm Lens, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, Zuiko 70-300mm lens, Sigma 50mm F1,4 lens, Extension tube, 1.4x tele-converter, Carbon FibreTripod, Monopod, Vanguard Binoculars, Celestron 80F-ED Scope, Remembird recorder.

    Blog Entries
    10

    Default

    Here's a photo of it taken by one of our members.

    Rolf

  7. #7

    Default

    erm, that's clearly not the same one I'm thinking of... I was thinking of the box that's mounted on the big oak tree on the corner of the lake, about 200 yards further round from the rowing club.
    Will definitely head out there for a gander then.
    I hear they've got kingfishers at dinton too, that's also on my list for 2013

  8. #8
    Administrator rolf's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rolf
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tilehurst, Berkshire
    Posts
    11,264
    Cameras and Equipment

    Olympus E-30, Sigma 50-500mm Lens, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, Zuiko 70-300mm lens, Sigma 50mm F1,4 lens, Extension tube, 1.4x tele-converter, Carbon FibreTripod, Monopod, Vanguard Binoculars, Celestron 80F-ED Scope, Remembird recorder.

    Blog Entries
    10

    Default

    That's on the car park side of Lavell's lake, where there are also Kingfishers.
    Rolf

  9. #9

    Default

    *heads off to google maps*

  10. #10

    Default

    Ok, the other side of Sandford Lane, and I see there is a car park too.
    Awesome. Thanks guys!

  11. #11
    Administrator rolf's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rolf
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tilehurst, Berkshire
    Posts
    11,264
    Cameras and Equipment

    Olympus E-30, Sigma 50-500mm Lens, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, Zuiko 70-300mm lens, Sigma 50mm F1,4 lens, Extension tube, 1.4x tele-converter, Carbon FibreTripod, Monopod, Vanguard Binoculars, Celestron 80F-ED Scope, Remembird recorder.

    Blog Entries
    10

    Default

    Yep, a great little lake, two hides available and if you join the Friends of Lavell's group, there's a brand new third hide on the adjacent Lea Farm Gravel pit.
    http://www.thamesvalleybirds.co.uk/p...e-reserve.html
    Rolf

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to rolf For This Useful Post:

    RacingSnake (03-01-2013)

  13. #12

    Default

    Brilliant Rolf, thanks for the heads up.

  14. #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rolf View Post
    Yep, a great little lake, two hides available and if you join the Friends of Lavell's group, there's a brand new third hide on the adjacent Lea Farm Gravel pit.
    http://www.thamesvalleybirds.co.uk/p...e-reserve.html
    Joined

  15. #14
    Administrator rolf's Avatar
    Real Name
    Rolf
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Tilehurst, Berkshire
    Posts
    11,264
    Cameras and Equipment

    Olympus E-30, Sigma 50-500mm Lens, Sigma 150mm Macro lens, Zuiko 70-300mm lens, Sigma 50mm F1,4 lens, Extension tube, 1.4x tele-converter, Carbon FibreTripod, Monopod, Vanguard Binoculars, Celestron 80F-ED Scope, Remembird recorder.

    Blog Entries
    10

    Default

    Also worth doing Gav, is to follow them on twitter, then enable text alerts for rarities, from memory you need to pay another couple of quid a year, but well worth it, have seen some interesting birds because of it and also berksbirdnews on twitter, alerts are as shown below.

    You will of course need a twitter account which is easy to set up.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	berksbirdnews.jpg 
Views:	87 
Size:	213.4 KB 
ID:	18979  
    Rolf

  16. #15

    Default

    I'm actually already on twitter - I use it to complain to Orange, or Ebay! lol
    So I'll add those 2 to my 'following' list.

    Thanks!

  17. #16
    Regular Member
    Real Name
    joe
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Woodley Reading
    Posts
    1,020
    Cameras and Equipment

    Nikon D300,nikon 70-200 +1.7 converter. Nikon 105 mm Macro with VR Sigma 300 with X2 converter Nikon P5000 with fieldscope and Binos Nikon D7000 Nikon 17-55 mm F2.8

    Default

    Gav, just a warning the carpark by Lavell's is a pay and display, tickets from the machine at the multi activity centre.
    Joe

  18. #17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by joe View Post
    Gav, just a warning the carpark by Lavell's is a pay and display, tickets from the machine at the multi activity centre.
    Joe
    Well, That couldn't have been more apt...
    I have only just 10 minutes ago got back from a quick trip up there to make sure it was where I thought, see where the owl box was etc... and I couldn't see the blasted machine so wrote a note and put it in my windows saying I don't know where the machine is! so thanks for that!!

    On a different note, it is damned waterlogged over there at the moment, I didn't even get to the teal hide as it just got too muddy (and I was in Trainers).
    Still the objective was to check the place out, so I know for next time!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Hello from Reading!
    By ChrisEdwards in forum Member Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-08-2012, 08:13 AM
  2. Redwing in Reading
    By Cashie in forum Bird Photos General
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-04-2012, 04:00 PM
  3. Hello everybody, from Reading, Berkshire.
    By Cashie in forum Member Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-03-2012, 07:00 PM
  4. Red Kites in Reading
    By Flier in forum Identification requests on birds, wildlife and plants
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 19-11-2007, 02:48 PM
  5. Hello from Southcote in Reading
    By ladylouise62 in forum Member Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-02-2007, 08:18 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Copyright of members' images remains with the individual member and these images may not be reproduced or downloaded without their written permission.
If you cannot contact the relevant member for permission, please contact Thames Valley Birds and we will pass on your request.

pets and plants

WYW
Birding Top 500 Counter RSPB - Nature's Voice
The Admin Zone Directory of Forums


Top Lists