Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Black-shouldered Kite, Wakkertroom wetland reserve, South Africa, July 2006.
Pink-backed Pelican, Mkhuze game reserve, South Africa, July 2006.
The latest (September 2006) issue of Bird Watching magazine (available at WHSMiths and other good newsagents) contains an article I wrote about digiscoping in South Africa. I was lucky enough to be invited out there in July this year by Swarovski Optik. These two shots were not in the article, nor in the posts of South African birds you will find below (click on July 2006 link). They do, however, show that flight photography is not completely beyond the realm of us conventional digscopers...
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Posted by Mike Weedon at 5:11 PM
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
I had a glorious morning yesterday at Ferry Meadows (27.8.06). The highlight was a visiting Osprey, but the sheer numbers of warblers mixed with Long-tailed Tits and a family of SPotted Flycatchers were a delight to behold.
All images are clickable for larger versions.
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Posted by Mike Weedon at 10:54 AM
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Monday, August 21, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Further to my post below about the colour-ringed Yellow Wagtail, I contacted Guy Anderson at the RSPB with all the info I could glean and some of my photos (see the earlier post).
He came back with the following information:
"The 'red' ring is actually orange (these two colours regularly get mixed up). The ring above the metal on the right leg is yellow (these fade a bit). This makes the bird P886234, which fits the metal ring you've seen perfectly.She was ringed as a chick in a nest near Deeping St Nicholas on 1 July 2003, so she's obviously returned pretty close to her natal area to breed, but she's made the journey to Africa and back 3 times now. I suspect she must be having a second brood this late in the season."
That flimsy little passerine is one tough bird! Respect.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 5:59 PM
Monday, August 07, 2006
Yellow Wagtail, Maxey Pits, Cambs, 5.8.06.
This female Yellow Wagtail was apparently bringing prey to a presumed second brood. The prey, as you may see from this photo was a grasshopper which had had its legs and wings removed. There are loads of grasshoppers at this site, so it makes sense for the wags to use them as a major chock food. So it was no surprise when her partner turned up, also carrying a de-limbed grasshopper.
The female was a colour-ringed bird, with a creamy yellow ring above the BTO ring on the right leg and a blue above red on the left. It will be interesting to find out where it was from – I believe there has been a fair amount of colour-ringing of Yellow Wags recently.
More pics will follow later, so watch this space. Click for a large version
The male partner, also carrying a grasshopper.
I have cropped some of my pics of the feamle to look at the BTO ring. I think it contains 8623, but I may be wrong. What do you think? I used the lettering in the address to get my bearings. The ring should say INFORM BTO BRITISH MUSEUM NAT.HIST. LONDON SW7, I think and you can line up the numbers with the letters of LONDON and the postcode.
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Posted by Mike Weedon at 9:26 AM