Friday, 30 November 2007

Just a Med?



An unusual looking second-winter Med Gull? Or a Med X Black-headed hybrid? Comments welcome. Great Yarmouth, 25th November 2007.

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Desert Wheatear at Horsey




Male Desert Wheatear at Horsey, Norfolk, 25th November 2007. An exceptionally tame bird.

Lap Bunt

Salthouse currently has a flock of rather dapper Lapland Buntings feeding at the end of the coast road.

Med Gulls galore!












A day in Norfolk and what better end to the day than chips and a Med Gull fest at Great Yarmouth? As an added bonus there was a Rough-legged Buzzard the other side of town too, but he was too distant for photos.

Friday, 23 November 2007

Sanderling

Sanderling, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk, 2005

Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler, Brogborough Lake, 2005

Fudge Duck

Female Ferruginous Duck, Elstow clay pits, Beds, 2005

Penduline Tits


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Penduline Tit at Dingle Marshes, Suffolk, 22nd Nov. Smart little bird, don't you think?

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Bouncy, bouncy!


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A Verreaux's Sifaka moving along a trail at Berenty, Madagascar.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Wilsons Snipe...apparently

It's the bird on the right. Unusually for an American, it's duller than the European version. Wilsons Snipe, Lower Moors, Isles of Scilly, late October 2007.

Song Thrush against a sea of orange

...well, not quite, but it's not often you see a Song Thrush against the orange of a life boat! This was taken on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2007.

Tree Sprogs

If you want to see wintering Tree Sparrows in Bedfordshire you have to look at game strips. It seems that almost all of the most recent records of wintering birds in Beds have come from people looking at finch flocks around game strips.

This is again true for this winter. I was told there was one Tree Sparrow back at the Castle Farm game strips near Tingrith over a month ago. I finally got along there last weekend, and after a little bit of searching found at least fifteen of these great little birds sheltering in the hedges.

Tingrith is about half an hour away from where I live, so was pretty chuffed to hear that someone had also seen some about a mile from my house! Armed with good directions, I pottered along there at lunchtime today and found one of these hansom Sparrows cavorting with the commoner House Sparrows. I even managed a shot (see above).

The challenge now, is to make them stay the winter and work out where they breed...

Saturday, 10 November 2007

Bonfire night

We had a few fireworks and a bonfire at the weekend. Here are a few photos...


Catherine wheel - they always seemed so much better when you were little!

Carrie

Tom

Ed and Katie

Katie, Vicki and Carrie. Whatever they were talking about, it looks good!

The girls looking bored. What do you mean "seen one firework, seen 'em all"?


Ah, that's better - give 'em sparklers and they're happy for hours.....or as long as it takes the sparkler to go out.

I think they were trying to spell something here...

My effort at an arty-farty shot - this is Tom, a big torch and lots of smoke!

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Sword-billed Hummer

One of my most favourite shots from my time in Ecuador - this is a Sword-billed Hummingbird Ensifera ensifera, at Yanacocha, just outside Quito, June 2005.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak mk2

This is how you should really see Rose-breasted Grosbeak! This one wintered at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador in 2005. Stunning, isn't he?

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 29th October 2007. This little bugger gave us the run-around....then we realised that we should have been looking under our noses for it!

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Wheatear

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe , St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, 28th October 2007

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis, The Golf Course, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 30th October 2007

Black Redstarts



Black Redstarts Phoenicurus ochruros, Porthloo, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 2nd November 2007

Siskin

Siskin Carduelis spinus, Giants Castle, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, 2nd November 2007

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