Sunday, April 30, 2017

terns and waders at Barton

a great day for passage off Barton today -- highlight 231 Arctic and 18 Black Terns moving east with a brilliant selection of waders following suite; 4 Common Sands, 7 Ringed Plover, 180 Dunlin, Greenshank, 10 Turnstone, 5 Whimbrel, 14 Grey Plover, 12 Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Gulls and my first local Yellow Wagtails --

Thursday, April 27, 2017

a pair of Water Rails

after some rain this pair were preening for a long period and even indulged in some allopreening -- as they were not far away and one stood about 6 inches closer than the other I had to resort to f14 to try and get enough depth of field to get them both in focus -- almost worked but shutter speed was drastically reduced -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chiffchaff variation

Chiffchaff Waters Edge -- while in Orkney this bird was producing some odd song phrases that sounded a bit Iberian like but it was mainly Chiffy if a bit variable in pitch and tone -- recorded it today with an example below and took a few images -- I also played back Iberian Chiffchaff song to it and was amazed by the immediate reaction -- it stopped singing and flew to within 2m of me calling and flicking it wings and tail on no less than three separated occasions --Never managed to get anything of it low down unfortunately

Saturday, April 22, 2017