Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Glossy Ibis, Take 2

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.

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?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Maxey stuff, 16.10.09

Glossy the Glossy Ibis and a briefly visiting Knot share a puddle

This apparent male Greenland Wheatear has a problem with its left leg or foot, and was usually standing on one leg or sitting down

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Even more from Shetland

Wet Otter

UK's most northerly house, at Skaw, Unst

Martin Garner, the man with Jesus on his hat

Halligarth habitat

American Golden Plover, Lambaness, Unst

Pot-bellied mini-horse

Birding at Halligarth

Working Valyie, Unst

Otter prints and action


Otter spraints

Lambaness Land Rover

Bus Stop