Tuesday, April 29, 2014

a slightly odd looking female Marsh Harrier

some rather male like features in the head pattern

Swallows and Slavonian Grebe

the only big gathering of Swallows this spring so far on a wet and cold day; the Slavonian Grebe has been here for 47 days now but is still not in decent summer plumage

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grasshopper Warblers

one of my spring highlights is getting good views of groppers -- at least 3 males at this locality today

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ageing a Marsh Harrier

at a distance I took this for a young female but it is of course a male but what age? it looks like a 2cy bird with the faintest hints of grey in the central tail and prim coverts but could it be an older bird, as per iris colour, and the paper in BB from last year?

Little Ringed Plover

Canon 5D3 with 300 2.82 and 2x3

a nice combo when things are close enough


one of those species if it were rare it would be much more appreciated -- Canon 5D3 with 300 2.8 II and 2x III