Saturday, 21 May 2022

20220521 Golden Oriole Muckleburgh Hill


20220521 Golden Oriole
imm male as no streaking on breast and yellow underwing coverts...?
Shots all of one bird circling the Hill.

20220521 Golden Oriole
 Photo record of coastal passage from the last few days.
Bird sang from 3 sides of Hill and a further 2 birds arrived at the site.

20220521 Golden Oriole
Black lores of male developing.

20220521 Golden Oriole
Height maintained on closed wings, not undulating.

20220521 Linnet

19930613 Golden Oriole
2 marauding males in mid June, Pigs Nose Valley, Devon.
From the days of pen and wash field sketches...

Thursday, 19 May 2022

20220519 Great Reed Warbler x2 Snettisham Coastal Park & Ken Hill


20220519 Great Reed Warbler
1st, Ikm N of Beach Rd, S of kissing gate.
Note dull lower mandible.

20220519 Great Reed Warbler
1st bird.

20220519 Great Reed Warbler
2nd bird 2km N of road and N of kissing gate.

20220519 Great Reed Warbler
1st bird. Lores and eye striped break eye-ring both sidesof eye.

19920603 Great Reed Warbler
First encounter with Great Reed in Flevoland.
Several males singing against each other at max volume.
A loud cacophoney.

20220519 Great Reed Warbler
2nd bird. Eye ring complete in front of eye.
More clean orange flesh tone to lower mandible and brighter gape fold.

Monday, 16 May 2022

202203 The Herons of North Foreland Wood


20220418 Cattle Egret
2 ads came to roost for one night only in NFW.
During the day they were at Stiffkey.

20220314 Grey Heron
13 of 22 birds gathered beside NFW.
Was this the result of tree felling in the wood this spring...??
Almost all adults in breeding condition.

20220313 Grey Heron
 5 of 14 birds standing this evening.

20220326 Little Egret
15 of 28 spooked from roost NFW.
6 Grey Heron flew up also.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

20220426 Yellow-browed Warbler in NE Norfolk in spring


20220426 Yellow-browed Warbler
Spring bird! Frequently calling and with bursts of song.
Continually active in canopy but not as frenetic as regulus.
Less yellow in Supercilium and wing-bars than in 1st autumn birds, see below.
 Show as off white here.

20220426 Yellow-browed Warbler
Dull green crown with hint of paler crown stripe.
Hint of yellowish tint to underparts.
Appears to show white outer-tail feathers even though bird in shade.

20220426 Yellow-browed Warbler
Lit from above appears to show white outer tail feathers...??
Located on Sharp 'tseep' call.
Song started as call followed by 3 stutter notes... not too impressive.

20191005 Yellow-browed Warbler
1st winter bird.

20191005 Yellow-browed Warbler
Artist hightened impression, in strongly lit veg, is of a striking yellow and olive green bird in 
1st autumn. Not so in adult summer plumage.

Saturday, 26 March 2022

20220326 Bonaparte's Gull Cantley Sugar Beet Factory


20220326 Little Gull
1st winter. Focus tracking good in sunlight.

20220326 Bonaparte's Gull
Adult winter. Upperpart grey cf BHGull to right.
Briefly reappered on clods largest lagoon.

20220326 Bonaparte's Gull & Little Gull
Zoomed about flycatching.

20220326 Bonaparte's Gull & BHGull
Upperparts grey a notch darker than BHG's.
1/2000th sec flight shots, but the focus tracking did not track well.

Monday, 21 March 2022

20220321 Little Bunting Kelling Heath


20220322 Little Bunting

20220322 Little Bunting
Bird with clean eye-ring.

20220322 Little Bunting
Bird with broken eye-ring.

20220321 Little Bunting
One of the first shots on 21st.
Golden honour of the hammer and sickle has been bestowed on the finder for exceptional skill.

20220321 Little Bunting

20220321 Little Bunting
Going to roost in Hawthorn clump.

20200322 Little Bunting
Near bird with broken eye-ring showed more contrast in face pattern.
The bird spent most time feeding in this stubble strip.

Saturday, 12 March 2022

20220312 Baikal Teal, Swine Moor, Beverley


20220312 Baikal Teal
By the afternoon the bird had settled down in its favoured spot.
British Lifer 440, and so to The Feathers, KGB.

20220312 Baikal Teal
Didn't associate with the  massed ETeal but kept behind the EWigeon flock.
Adult male in full breeding plumage.

20220314 Chiffchaff
Spring has sprung!

20220312 Baikal Teal & Eurasian Teal

20220212 Wildlife disturbance again.
The morning didn't start well as a mad dog ran through the whole water meadow...??
Baikal Teal in flight somewhere in this shot.
Not only was the peace of the countryside shattered by the dogs owners but the level and content of
 abuse from burley northern twitchers was excellent...