These surely have some of the biggest gobs of all birds? Bare-throated Bellbird, Brazil, October 2008
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
The sound picked up by the Canon S90 really is an order of magnatude better than the Nikon Coolpix P5100 I had before. Now my Willow Warblers sound like Willow Warblers, and my Groppers don't just look like they're yawning! This happy chappie was singing at Broom GP all spring, and just look at the vigour he puts in.
Even though I'd seen the Lesser Kestrel a mile or so away, this was the best bird of the day for me. Bittern, Island Mere, Minsmere, 31st March 2010. Some of my images can be found in this post.
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Did I mention how ridiculously easy finding Black Bears was towards the end of our trip to Canada? Well this was the view from the first restaurant we ate in, in Whistler. We were just lugging down out first pint and Mark glances out the window
Monday, 16 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
A very interesting bird. Unfortunately I didn't get much more on it than you can see in these images. There are probably more questions to be asked than answered with this bird, but if I see it again I'll be staying with it until it raises its wings and shows me its tail! Possible 2cy Baltic Gull, Broom GP, Beds, 11th August 2010.
Addition 16th Aug -
What age are those primaries? A few months old, a few days old, or a year old? The apparent hole in the wing when its preening in the video is worrying. Does it really lack those inner primaries? What does that mean? Well, it could mean those primaries are well preserved juvenile feathers = possibly an extreme intermedius or fuscus hybrid? If the primaries are actually new feathers, then its getting better for fuscus, buy why the hole? I wish I had taken more notice of it now...
Many thanks to Richard Millington and Peter Adriaens for their helpful advice and instruction about this bird.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
This Lesser Blacked-backed Gull (left black ring J02P, white lettering) was seen at Broom GP on 9th August 2010, but originally ringed on the tiny island of Rauna off the Norwegian coast on 4th July 2007. This is the second ringed intermedius I've seen from Norway, the other was a few years ago now though, but both were at Broom.
View Lesser Black-backed Gull J02P in a larger map
View Lesser Black-backed Gull KY.AL in a larger map
Friday, 6 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Some interesting stuff here for those of us in to gulls.
Posted by Steve Blain at 11:49
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Had this again tonight. This is the same bird from 28th July (see here) - what I presume is a second-summer->third-winter Caspian Gull. However, I don't like its legs. They're a bit too thick and chunky with a short tibia - are they in the range of a Caspian Gull? Everything else on it seems to be about right (but look at those new inner primaries too)...opinions welcome.