Friday, April 22, 2016

Poland: Białowieża Forest woodpeckers

Middle Spotted Woodpecker
Female Grey-headed Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpeckers
Three-toed Woodpecker
White-backed Woodpecker

Poland: Owls

Bedraggled, damp Ural Owls,Niepołomice Forest
Pygmy Owl, Białowieża Forest
Tengmalm's Owl, Białowieża Forest

Bar-tailed Godwit record shots

This week is Barwit week in the PBC area. My earliest ever was on 20.4.13 (my previous earliest was 21.4.03). So, it was v pleasing if not totally surprising to find one at March Farmers, Nene Washes, Cambs, last night (21.4.16) with Will Bowell, as the sun set. Here are some ropey digiscoped record shots (should've had my 'big boy's camera'...).

Monday, April 18, 2016

Peterborough-area herps

'Baby' Adder
Grass Snake, a small individual
Common Lizards, a particularly green individual
Great Crested Newt

Buzzard at Castor Hanglands, Cambs

Arctic Terns at Ferry Meadows CP

Interesting to note how the bills look dark-tipped. Once upon a time, the dark bill tip (of Common Tern) was one of the key features that distinguished Common from Arctic Terns. Clearly just not true.