Sunday, 29 January 2017

2016 year review,some of the highlights of a great years birding.

 Hudsonian Whimbrel,Boat Cove.
 Glossy Ibis ,Marazion.
 Snowy Owl,Kenidjack.
 American Herring Gull,Drift Res.
 Iberian Chiffchaff .Coverack.
 Kentish Plover ,Marazion.
 Caspian Gull ,Hayle.
 Dalmatian Pelican ,Hayle.
 Serin ,Lands End.
 Little Bittern,Ham Wall ,Somerset.
 Alpine Swift ,St Marys IOS.
 Black Tern ,Gwithian.
 Citrine Wagtail ,Porthgwarra.
 Icterine Warbler ,Porthgwarra.
 Whiskered Tern ,Falmouth.
 American Golden Plover,Davidstow,Cornwall.
 Buff Breasted Sandpiper ,Davidstow,Cornwall.
 Bairds Sandpiper ,Davidstow, Cornwall.
 Lesser Grey Shrike ,Plymouth.

 Short Toed Lark,St Agnes ,Cornwall.
 Isabelline Wheatear,Gwithian.
 Wryneck ,St Marys IOS.
 Red Flanked Bluetail ,St Marys IOS.
 Caspian Stonechat,St Marys IOS.
 Pallas,s Warbler,St Marys IOS.
 Franklins Gull, Hayle
1st winter female Dusky Thrush ,Derbyshire

A few images from friday taken at Hayle estuary.

 Putative Scandinavian Herring Gull  (Argentatus)
 Second bird from the left.
 Same bird in flight .

 1st winter Ring Billed Gull.
Distant record shot of an Avocet,only the second one i,ve seen at Hayle.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Some of the highlights of my birding this week.

 Third calendar year Caspian Gull ,Hayle estuary,
 Flight shot showing the long dangling legs ,white mirror on primary 10,and the remnants of a thin neat tail band.

 Note the pear shaped head ,dark beady eye and long parallel bill.
 Although the pictures were taken in the late afternoon harsh sunlight you can just about make out the neat hindneck streaking and the slightly darker mantle than the Herring Gull behind.

 Note the long looking legs.
 1st winter male Eastern Black Redstart ,Mousehole.
 1st winter Iceland Gull ,Hayle Estuary.
 The next four images are of sub adult Yellow Legged Gull ,Hayle estuary.
 Open underwing shot.

Putative 2nd winter Yellow legged Gull ,Hayle Estuary.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Last installment of our trip away.

 Distant record shot of a White Tailed Eagle on the Isle of Skye.
 Waxwing taken in the gloom at Loch Inch.
 The next four shots are all Crested Tits at Loch Garten ,great little birds!!.

 On the way home from Scotland we stopped off at Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire to see the adult male Blue Rock Thrush,a bird that has caused much debate to its origin,whatever the outcome it was still a great bird.
 Watching a distant Golden Eagle at Findhorn Valley.
 Findhorn Valley.
 Kerry feeding Coal Tits at Loch Garten.
Arriving back at the Boat of Garten hotel new years eve after our last bird outing of 2016,time for a pint and to reflect on a great years birding!!.