Saturday, December 09, 2017

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 souther Sweden (on the Baltic side) in June 2016. Fascinating stuff.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sagres miscellany

Clouded YellowBath White
Clouded Yellow
Red-veined Darter
Gannet
Second calendar year Mediterranean Gull
Azure-winged Magpie
Redstart

Zitting Cisticola

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017