31 March, 2007
26 March, 2007
21 March, 2007
There was no sign of a reported Kumlien's Gull, but I did find this 1st summer Iceland Gull. It appeared very pale/bleached on the water in the bright spring sunshine. The bill base was pale with the distal third dark. An adult was seen earlier too, so possibly three Icelands today.
12 March, 2007
Two Eurasian Treecreeper were very active chasing one another around old 'crack' Willows in the water meadow. Four 'adaptations' can be seen on this bird. A long, decurved bill to get food from bark crevices, long claws help negotiate the surfaces on the tree, a stiff tail used for support and balance, and camouflage - dark above for predator defence and pale beneath while looking for prey.
Typical this time of year- one female Mallard with an entourage of attending males.
11 March, 2007
In the south of the county, Raven, yet again, avoided the camera. Luckily, Little Owl, Common Buzzard and Red Kite were on show.
Whilst counting Common Buzzard at Potsgrove nine Chinese Water Deer were warily crossing a field, and almost went unnoticed.
08 March, 2007
A diversion to Grimes Graves in the Brecks to see a Great-grey Shrike. The £2.70 addmission fee to this English Heritage site was a shock to the system though. However, for our money, we did go down one of the neolithic flint mines - which was nice. There were a few Woodlark singing over the clear-fell areas whilst skylark could be heard over the more open grasslands. No prize-winning image here as the bird would not allow close approach.
07 March, 2007
This pair of Whooper Swan are, unfortunately, the progeny of Wardown Park captive/pinioned stock.
The first Green Sandpiper of the year has been present for a week or so. Here, the bird is showing off its leg-iron.
A menage a trois. If they were rare, genuine vagrants would I, perhaps, get enthusiastic about the Canada Goose ?
Smart wildfowl in the form of Gadwall
03 March, 2007
1/60th sec @f11
Focal Length: c.546mm
RAW /Tripod / mirror lock-up
Posted by Andy Whitney at 11:30 pm