My name is Luke Nash & I’m a 15 year old birdwatcher, ornithologist, nature enthusiast & amateur nature photographer. I’m lucky enough to live in Norfolk, and this has been something of a blessing when it comes to twitching.
My first experience of birdwatching was when I was 8. I came out with my dad who was looking for some Tree Sparrows. I wasn’t into birding at that point, although the experience stuck with me for some time. It wasn’t until a year later that I became more interested in birding. One day, in January 2011, I picked up my dad’s copy of Collins Bird Guide & opened a random page. My eyes immediately caught sight of the adult male Red-flanked Bluetail, and I immediately said to myself, “I’m going to see this bird one day.” I asked for some basic binoculars & bird guide for my birthday (which I still have) & from that point on, I was hooked.
For the last five years, I have kept birding as an interest, whether I’m at school watching the local Red Kites or at home listening to the Jackdaws or on the wild Cley Beach in winter watching Brent Geese. I also use birdwatching as my Skill in my DofE Award Scheme, and I took up photography about two years ago (the results of which you can see on my Flickr page) to pursue a further interest in the hobby. I am also an avid twitcher, doing so locally when I can, but I have also made 5 long-distance twitches away from Norfolk (one to Yorkshire, two to Dorset, one to Suffolk & one to Cornwall). As a result of this pursuit, I saw my 300th species of bird in the UK in October 2015 in the form of a Spotted Sandpiper on the Isles of Scilly, and my current total stands at 335 as of August 2017 (my full life list can be found here). I have also made several birdwatching trips abroad to Cyprus, Corsica, Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Belgium, France & mainland Spain, and frequently make trips across the UK.
I hope my blog makes for some interesting reading, and I hope to post at least once a week.