Monday, October 27, 2014

Woodwalton Fen Marsh Harriers

Juvenile male
Adult male
Two adult males jostling for position in the roost
Green wing-tagged juvenile S1 or SI (black on green). According to the LROS site, this same bird was seen at Rutland Water in the first couple of weeks of September and was apparently ringed in North Norfolk on 14th June.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Steppe Grey Shrike, Burnham Norton, Norfolk

One of these photos was taken by digiscoping (the rest DSLR with 300mm + 1.4x converter). The idea is you shouldn't really be able to tell which it is...

Monday, September 22, 2014

Barred Warbler at Kilnsea, East Yorks

Only a few hundred metres from the Masked Shrike was this occasionally 'showy' juvenile Barred Warbler (in the hedge outside the pub). Not a bird I have seen very often, and the only one I have photographed.

Masked Shrike at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire

I took a trip with Will Bowell and his girlfriend Natalie up to Kilnsea to see this wonderful third for the UK and first in mainland England. Great bird and really easy to watch, catching grasshoppers etc on the grass its favoured hedge.
This is the only shot I got where you can see that the peachy coloration on the flanks of the right side. These are the first signs of the colours this juvenile/first-winter bird will wear as an adult.

Having a bit of a mid-preen shake.

Monday, September 15, 2014

RSPB Frampton visit

Toby Collett, warden at RSPB Frampton, South Lincs, invited the editorial gang from Bird Watching Magazine (ie me, Matt M & Jack T) for a tour of the reserve last Friday (12.9.14). It is an amazing place, with bucket loads of waders and so much more, to boot. We saw about 70 species, with highlights including two Pectoral Sandpipers, Glossy Ibis, Merlin, peregrine, scores of Curlew Sandpipers, a dozen or so Little Stints, four Wheatears hundreds of Black-tailed Godwits, loads of Knot, and a nice collection of Spotted Redshanks plus at least three Kingfishers. Oh, and a Weasel or two! Here are a few snaps.

Weasel
Two juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers of strikingly different size
Mixed waders from the East Hide, including Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Dunlin and Little Stint
Little Egret
Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers
Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, with a yeloow flag 'EAE', apparently ringed/tagged in Norway (watch this space for an update)

Two Kingfishers which called with a distinct trill and behaved oddly throughout. There was a third bird nearby, but I'm not sure this was the cause of the strange behaviour.