Wednesday, 28 October 2020

20201028 Lesser Yellowlegs, NWT Cley

 

20201028 Lesser Yellowlegs
Keeper's Marsh

20201028 Lesser Yellowlegs
Often a confiding species. Will dig out Hayle and Exeter birds... And the Titchwell sketch.


Saturday, 17 October 2020

20201017 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin, Stiffkey saltmarsh

 

20201017 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin


20201017 Rufous Scrub Robin
Eastern subspecies syriacus 

20201017 Rufous Scrub Robin
Looking a bit exhausted at times.

20201017 The Twitch
A scene reminiscent of an Emperor Penguin colony but on mud.
c500 in distance with steady stream back and forth.
Note guy in wheel chair....  
2 policemen were staggering out to the colony as 'jump start Eric' and I left.

20201017 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

20201017 Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin 
Biro sketch of the bird of the year. Could not resist....
Interesting to note that the Salt Marsh is a SSSI,
so the local NT's had called out the police on at least two days of the twitch sighting damage to the site and to a farmers ploughed field.
The NT's take no action with holiday makers or dogs running over the marsh throughout the year....?? Even fail to stop the Norfolk harrier pack flush and hunt hares over the site...??




Friday, 9 October 2020

20201009 Bearded Vulture, Moulton Chapel, Lincolnshire

 

A red letter day...

20201009 Bearded Vulture
1st summer female in roost tree at Cowpit
much to the dismay of the local Rooks.
About 100 birders here early morn much to the dismay of the socially distanced villagers.


20201009 Bearded Vulture
Flying away from the village escorted by a mobbing cloud of Rooks.
She then turned back to the SE and went down on fields to South of Moulton Chapel.




20201009 Bearded Vulture
Rapidly moved to intercept the birds Southward drift at Queens Bank Farm...
 It got up and glided directly at a small group of birders on the bund...



20201009 Bearded Vulture
Dropped down to feed on small carcass by the bund...!!


20201009 Bearded Vulture
The death stare...



20201009 Bearded Vulture
Lift off was quite an effort.

20201009 Bearded Vulture
Feathered legs and small feet and talons, compared to a similar sized Eagle.

20201009 Bearded Vulture
Bird then flew at telegraph wire height over our heads...!?
 and examined each birder for any signs of frailty and weakness.
This shot demonstrates the drawback of a 1200mm set up and large target overhead...

www.birdguides.com/news/origins-of-wandering-bearded-vulture-confirmed-by-genetics/

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20201009 Bearded Vulture & Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Raptors of the British Isles are just not big enough....


Wednesday, 7 October 2020

20201007 Eurasian Hoopoe, Wighton

 


20201007 Eurasian Hoopoe
Confiding bird attracted to a dung heap in corner of arable field... as ever.





20201007 Eurasian Hoopoe
Following afternoon nap sheltered in the weeds the bird had a good stretch with crest up.

20201005 Eurasian Hoopoe
Shots taken on 5th in dull light and rain.

20201005 Eurasian Hoopoe