Wednesday 20 December 2023

20231220 Pallas's Leaf Warbler, Warham Greens & Glossy Ibis, Stiffkey


20231220 Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Golden face.

20231220 PLWarbler
Very bright and golden bird.
Shot about on its own all morning.

20231220 PLWarbler
Located on call, a quiet 'chuee'.
Louder strong disyllabic 'wee-esp' given only once prior to longer flight.

20231220 Pallas's Leaf Warbler
1000th sec didn't freeze bird...
Fast and jurky movements with swift flights along hedge lines.
Largest yellow rump ever seen on vagrant Pallas's.

20231220 Goldcrest
2 birds in the fruiting Xmas Ivy by copse, no association from Pallas's.

20231220 Glossy Ibis
COP28 bird at Stiffkey.

20231222 Glossy Ibis
Dull 1st winter bird.
Slightly richer brown on breast.

20231226 Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Fast and flitting.

20231226 Pallas's Leaf Warbler
Kept low to ground, calling frequently for periods.
A soft 'chuee'.

Friday 15 December 2023

20231215 Short-eared Owl & Bewick's Swan St Benet's Abbey


20231215 Short-eared Owl 
6 birds here.
OM-1 Subject detection birds...

20231215 Whooper Swan
Ludham Airfield

20231215 SEOwl
The Hover.

20231215 SEOwl
The dive.

20231215 SEOwl
The flyby.

20231215 SEOwl
The miss.

20240103 SEOwl
4 birds roosting in thicket along bank.

20240104 SEOwl

20240104 SEOwl

20240104 SEOwl

20240104 Kestrel and SEOwl

20240104 Bewick's Swan 10 of 24 in at dusk.

20240104 Tundra Swan
One with neck color tracker.
White D of O.... WWT?

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

20231117 Pallid Swift, Winterton on Sea


20231117 Winterton Church

20231117 Pallid Swift

20231117 Pallid Swift

20231117 Pallid Swift
Non symetrical tail moult...?

Tuesday 14 November 2023

20231114 Canvasback, Abberton Reservior Essex WTrust


20231114 Common Pochard
Female. Excellent to see massed flocks of this species here.

20231114 Great crested Grebe
1st winter, probably fishing tackle stuck in neck side, and adult winter.

20231114 Eurasian Coot
Raft of 1400 swam out from the B1026 causeway and were joined by rafts of Pochard...

20231114 Canvasback
Male located in active diving duck flock from B1026 causeway at 400m.
Of note for the Oly system user, able to freeze frame and check head and bill profile,  
relocating the bird after being lost in the mellee for 5mins.
15+ birders/twitchers with the latest mega scopes couldn't find it at this range within the active mass.

20231114 Canvasback
Shot from hide as the rain set in. In vangaurd of massed flotilla.
Excellent VC and trail these days... a trip down memory lane as last vistied sometime in the 70's.

20231114 Abberton Reservior from VC.
Diving duck and Coot raft can just be seen.

20231114 Abberton Reservior
Balcony for tea and cake to rival anything at Cley.

Wednesday 1 November 2023

20231101 Dusky Warbler, Flamborough Head


20231101 Dusky Warbler
Short and stubby primaries.

20231101 Dusky Warbler

20231103 Whooper Swan
11 flock in off N Sea onto Salthouse Marshes.

20231103 Whooper Swan
3 of 11.

Tuesday 24 October 2023

20231024 Grey Phalarope, Kessingland Dunes


20231024 Grey Phalarope
1st winter bird.

20231024 Grey Phalarope

20231024 Grey Phalarope
Semi-palmated and lobbed forward 3 toes!

20231025 Rook
In prime non-breeding plumage, early morn, Cley Res.

Wednesday 4 October 2023

20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper, Frampton Marsh


20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Juvenile plumage.

20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper
'typical' juvenile plumage.

20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Dark stripe down forecrown joins dark lores over bill.

20190720 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Adult, breeding plumage, Titchwell.


20190720 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Boby size as Dunlin here but with smaller Stintish head and bill...

20190720 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Adult breeding.
Missing tertials. Has arrow heads onto flanks...??

20231001 Wilson's Phalarope
1st winter plumage, NPoint Pools.

20210712 Western Semipalmated Sandpiper
Adult breeding, with as good palmation as Semip...
Should be renamed in full as above.
American bird names...???

20210726 Western Sandpiper
Inner palmation smaller than outer in both species.

20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper
Clean white underparts of a juvenile.
Running with juvenile Little Stint and adult Dunlin.
Early morn twilight shot.

20231004 Semipalmated Sandpiper
With well marked juvenile Little Stint.