Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Stonechat, Deeping High Bank

Kestrel, Deeping High Bank

Shag at Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough

The Deeping Lakes Red-necked Grebe was bird number 185 for my Peterborough area (PBC area) list in 2017. The next day was very snowy (for these 'ere parts), and this Shag was found by Matt Webb at FMCP. Luckily I was able to refind it in the freezing wind and sleet/rain, and it came in close to feed on Gunwade Lake. I reckon it is a second-winter bird, rather than the usual juveniles we have locally. I guess 186 will probably the final total...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Baston Beaver

In reality, it is a confused Rabbit, swimming to get away from a Buzzard...

120 Pink-footed Geese over Deeping St Nicholas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Colour-ringed Med Gull

I found this second-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough on 9th November. I could see it was colour-ringed, but couldn't read the ring properly and didn't have a camera. Luckily, today (14th), it was in exactly the same place, resting with Black-headed Gulls on the littel T-shaped pontoon dock outside the watersports centre on Gunwade Lake. And I had a camera! It looks like ASSH to me. Record submitted. I will keep you posted on the bird's provenance.
*POST SCRIPT: as you can see from the last picture above, the Med Gull was ringed in southern Sweden (on the Baltic side) in June 2016. Fascinating stuff.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sagres miscellany

Clouded Yellow

Bath White
Red-veined Darter
Second calendar year Mediterranean Gull
Azure-winged Magpie

Zitting Cisticola

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cory's Shearwaters

Great Shearwaters off Sagres

Wilson's Storm Petrel

On our pelagic trip with Mar Ilimitado out of Sagres, Algarve, Portugal, we encountered a single Wilson's Petrel. I think I managed this one photo which shows its long dangling legs (which project beyond the tail) and a hint of the pale panel in the upper wing. It was easier in real life, as it had a subtly differnt flight style, was slightly larger and those legs were really noticeably long!

European Storm Petrels off Sagres, Portugal

These Mother Carey's Chickens are little devils to photograph! These were taken on a trip with Mar Ilimitado on a fam trip to Sagres, Algarve, last week.