Tuesday, 13 February 2018

20180213 Taiga Bean Goose Ringstead

Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis
Bird with c600 Pink-foot on harvested Beet field.
Striking orange legs and feet. Large head and longer bill than Pinks.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

20180201 Coue's Arctic Redpoll Letheringsett Ford

Coue's Arctic Redpoll

Coue's Arctic Redpoll
Note pale pink wash to lower white rump panel.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

20180123 Injured Hen Harrier RSPB Titchwell and Kestrel

Hen Harrier
Injured male picked up from the roadside East of Wells having crawled out of a field.
RTA or shot as one wing damaged.
Bird boxed up and taken to RSPCA East Winch.
To be continued...
The bird unfortunately died during surgery, one wing badly damaged so most likely an RTA...



Kestrel
Hunting, as all raptors should be observed.
Confiding pair showing well about the reserve today.
For Sale Kestrel Field sketch
3 juveniles at Berry Head 4 July 1993.
Barn Owl RTA
Another apex predator cops it due to the excessively high numbers of vehicles on North Norfolks lanes.
Being a county with some wildlife left a high amount of road kills is always evident.
Bird appeared to have been hit and squarely run over near to the Holt Cemetery.
Thanks to 40Fc Dave for collecting it.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

20171213 For Sale Gyrfalcon oil painting

Gyrfalcon
18th March 2000, Pentire Point Cornwall.
Oil on acrylic for sale in local gallery, £495.00
White morph juvenile of Greenland race
Gyrfalcon
One of many field studies taken on the great day.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

20171114 Caspian Gull RSPB Titchwell

Caspian Gull
1st winter bird cane into Gull roost on Freshmarsh at 1530hrs.
The roost here is getting better by the day and the birds are clearly viewable well before the fuscus hour.

Caspian Gull
Note damaged face.
Dark streaks around eye and on breast sides indicate 1st winter. 2nd winter birds show a cleaner white head and breast.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

20171031 Cattle Egret Stiffkey Flood

Western Cattle Egret
Parked up to check white dots about the cattle and found a second Cattle Egret.
If they haven't bred in Norfolk in 2017 surely they'll be added to the breeding birds list in 2018... 
Western Cattle Egret
20171116 Western Cattle Egret

Monday, 30 October 2017

20171030 bleached Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Kelling Water Meadows

It that a pale or grey belly?
Note brownish-grey feathers on back within the mid-grey.
SJMG commented, rather bleached Dark-bellied, Pale-bellied look much cleaner.
AMS commented, the dark belly extends back between legs enough to eliminate Pale- bellied....the wash on the fore-flanks and belly is clearly grey, any wash here should always be slightly brownish on Pale-bellied.
In addition note the pale barring on the upper flanks does not extend down onto the belly or forward enough onto the breast to meat the black neck area.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Pale bird flew in with these 2. Note odd upper belly patch on left bird.
20171210 Pale-bellied Brent 
In with flock of 400 Dark-bellied near Gravelpit Hill.
Extensive white in flanks on this bird.