Thursday, 23 April 2015

Oops!

I said at the very beginning that I was rubbish at this birding caper and that most of the things I see are by accident. This was proven by my initial oversight of the 2 Little Terns at Peacock's Lake, about 10 minutes before they were seen at GLE. Most terns look "funny" to me, so I pretty much take pictures of every one I see, then quickly check the pictures on the back of the camera for ID but for some reason I didn't check these until I got home, when the white forehead could be faintly seen and the yellowish bill colour stuck out - oh and they were little.





I think the only saving grace in this instance is that the birds were definitely only at Peacock's for no longer than about 1 minute, so the ID delay didn't stop anyone else seeing them there.

I've already said to Matt that I think it would be unsporting to claim them as a true SFYL, hence I've stuck them down as a 0.5 - if that is OK with the other members?

Promise to pay more attention next time to terns that suddenly appear and disappear.......

Jim

4 comments:

  1. Fabulous photographs Jim, so please desist immediately. ;-) I know that Little Terns are very small, but I still think you should get maximum points. The fact remains that you still found it, and eventually identified it. What say the other members of the SS Listwaffe?

    Atb,

    DOM

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  2. tick them, one whole point, the record is there for the record as it were which is what counts

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  3. OK thanks, and I've changed it to a 1, although I did think a half point was a bit of fun. Also, thanks Andy for the long "thumbs up" down Gypsy Lane today, as I thought the tern had gone after I'd seen it over the other side briefly and it was good to see it properly back on GLE.

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  4. Yep defo a 1 one this list. And a cracker too. Looks like i picked a good week to be away....

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