Purple Honeycreeper – male    (as you can see a stunning bird with yellow feet contrasting with the purple blue feathers).
Purple Honeycreeper – male (as you can see a stunning bird with yellow feet contrasting with the purple blue feathers).

The RSPB Lincoln Local Group has been arranging interesting and entertaining events for local people as well as its members since its formation in 1974.

Their new season began on Thursday 14 September with a fascinating insight into the life of hummingbirds. Presented by Ashley Grove, Company Director of Experience Nature has been a keen wildlife watcher for over 35 years and a wildlife photographer since 2005. Hummingbirds have always fascinated him and his dream to one day photograph them finally came true in November 2013 when he visited the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.

The illustrated talk gave not only some lovely images of these little jewels, but some fascinating facts about some of the smallest and colourful birds in the world.

Besides the hummingbirds, Trinidad and Tobago has some wonderfully colourful bird life and also plays host to some of the birds we watch in disbelief on the TV documentaries, like the bellbird, oilbirds and ‘dancing’ manikins.

The talk featured plenty of great images from honeycreepers at the famous Asa Wright Centre in Trinidad, to the majestic tropic birds of Little Tobago Island and also included film with sound of some species, which made for a very entertaining show.

Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird – this was actually displaying during a rain storm, hence the streaking across the image. Both images © Mike Catchpole.
Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird – this was actually displaying during a rain storm, hence the streaking across the image. Both images © Mike Catchpole.

The group’s next meeting on 12th October is a presentation much nearer to home when Steve Rowland will be speaking about the birds and wildlife of both The Cairngorms and The Yorkshire Dales.

Then in November Danny Green, an award winning nature photographer who was recently chosen by Canon to form part of their Ambassador Programme to give presentations and workshops about wildlife photography. Danny’s illustrated talk is called East Midlands Through The Seasons and features some of the amazing wildlife that can be seen in our own part of the world.

The group also has some exciting coach outings and field meetings planned including a visit to Thorp Perrow Arboretum in North Yorkshire. Covering 100 acres, Thorp Perrow Arboretum boasts one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, including five National Collections. When the group visit the autumn colours will be at their best and as well as the resident wildlife there is also the possibility of taking part in a fungus foray.

All of these events are open to members of the public and everyone is assured of a warm welcome.

For more information about the groups activities please visit the Group’s website www.lincolnrspb.org.uk