Thursday, May 31, 2007

spotty sand

this superb Spotted Sandpiper at Messingham made it a two nearctic wader afternoon --views were good with scope but too distant for good photos

greater is very small

Greater Yellowlegs at Gibraltar Point flying at rather long range after giving pretty good views on the deck but a Lincs first

Sunday, May 27, 2007

best of a bad day

before the rain set in there were about 300 House Martins, 200 Swallows and 500 Swifts over the local patch---


cracking bird

mistake of the year

as readers of the Lincs Bird Club forum will be aware I had a kite on May 21st over my local patch which I identified as a Red Kite but it was in fact a rather more interesting Black Kite the first for my patch, needless to say; views were against the light but I managed to get a few record shots of the bird with the two local Buzzards which were escorting it out of their territory; from the photos the wear on the left primaries seems to confirm that it was almost cetrainly the bird seen in North Norfolk from late April through to May 20th; these are the photos

Friday, May 25, 2007

old friend

after a lot of searching I again found this male Nightjar the same bird I photographed last week and surely the same male that was on the same territory in 2006; which made me think does this bird recognise me from last year?--if birds recognise a small bit of heathland in the middle of England do they also recall encounters with strange people? certainly it now seems to have sussed out that I can see it in spite of its cryptic plumage as it decided to fly when I was still quite a long way from it today


a Moorhen hiding

Monday, May 21, 2007


a Common Tern was fishing close to one of the patch hides today making a change from seeing nothing there

tern diving

this diving sequence of the Common Tern produced some nice pics

Little Gull and Hare

also at Alkborough today 16+ Little Gulls


a female Yellow Wagtail from Alkborough with a greyish crown and mantle--photos are not great but the back on shot shows the contrast between the greyish mantle and back and the greener rump---