Friday, October 23, 2009
All photos digiscoped.
Much better views of this chap, today. Barring a few days off, it enters the Maxey Pit complex's Etton Road site from the south in the afternoon (this afternoon from 2.50), bathes and preens and feeds for a bit then heads south again to who knows where. It was first found more than two weeks ago, so nearly all locals who want to have caught up with it have done so...
Today, it also spent a bit of time among the Black-headed Gulls on the shore of the slurry pit of Woodgate Lane, Maxey (usually the domain of a battery of the grumpiest dogwalkers on earth, and some fishermen), so I could watch it up close.
As you can see from these shots, it varies in appearance from utterly gorgeous, shiny and for want of a better expression, glossy, to (especially when bathing) a bit manky and patchy (exposing some pink skin), with the odd wing feather missing.
Posted by BW at 5:07 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
Every year I must post at least a few photos of Chinese Water Deer at Woodwalton Fen. So, in order to fulfill this contractual obligation, here are three.
It was a dull but still morning at WWF NNR on Sunday (18.10.09) – perfect for listening for stuff. And stuff duly performed, notably at least four Water Rails and at least one Bearded Tit (a female towered above the reeds and narrowly avoided being a Sparowhawk snackette); and at least three Bramblings.
The BT and the B took my PBC year list up to 187, just two short of last year's record. Will 2009 still be the year?
Posted by BW at 11:01 AM
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
UK's most northerly house, at Skaw, Unst
Martin Garner, the man with Jesus on his hat
American Golden Plover, Lambaness, Unst
Birding at Halligarth
Working Valyie, Unst
Otter prints and action
Lambaness Land Rover
Posted by BW at 10:02 AM