Sunday 24 May 2015

Something big and white - Yes please !

Looking for Great White Egret, Spoonbill etc and all I get is this pheasant, completely white except for the red wattles (in Rookery South ClP ), even more white than that daft Cormorant I found, better luck next time perhaps

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Blue is the colour

I'd just got out of the car at GLE when I casually noticed a "funny looking pale Buzzard" hovering over the water. It's amazing the level of complacency that sets in (for me anyway) after a load of fruitless visits. After realising what it really was I managed to get off a couple of shots but the bird was gone within a minute and I didn't have time to tweak the settings, so only ended up with a bit of a murky record shot.

It does have a blue colour ring on the left leg but as much as I've tried fiddling with the pictures can't make out any letters or numbers. Great to see in the evening sunshine all the same.


Saturday 9 May 2015

Mr Sanders

An early morning recce round Broom hoping for a Temminck's produced a nice surprise, fresh in with a flock of 'tundra' Ringed Plover.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Garden Surprise

Wheatears have been in short supply on my local patch this spring with only three sightings of four birds so far. So it was a big surprise to find a stunning male on our drive when I returned from a walk this morning. It played hide and seek behind our car for a few minutes before flying up onto our garage roof and then away. Not a SFYL tick but a great addition to the garden list.


A good start

It is not often that Henlow Grange can match Blows Downs and Pegsdon, but on 21 April a female Redstart flew across the orchard, perched briefly on the fence with tail shivering before being chased off by a Robin. And here is a picture just before it disappeared.

Monday 4 May 2015

Falling down

Busy at work and then some ill timed tours to France and Spain means that my spring is somewhat disrupted in terms of self-finds.  Even with around 10 species added this weekend (the regular summer migrants), I'm a good ten species behind normal.  Need some rares...