08 February, 2013
John popped over to Brogborough Lake late morning 'as it was only ten minutes away' and was disappointed that there wasn't much around except the' known' Scaup which were in the fishermens' corner. He then noticed a few gulls harassing something - this 'something' turned out to be a Leach's Petrel !
A new county bird for me after missing Pete Smith's bird at nearby Stewartby Lake (although I did photograph what was possibly the same Leach's Petrel at Tring a few days later).
Todays (less than) record shots are awful - the bird was way out beyond the center of the lake, and the light was grim. Still, a nice find by JL, brightening up a cold February day.
20 January, 2013
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Posted by Andy Whitney at 12:58 pm
15 May, 2011
The were at least three pairs of Ruddy Shelduck with chicks.
We could not work out the access to the Psalidi wetlands, even though they were plainly visible from the road leading out of Kos town. This was to prove fortuitous as we then came across an Eleonora's Falcon, somewhat distantly, as it quartered the foothills with magnificent ease!
We followed the coast road around the north of the island, and thus with the steep mountains climbing to our left. The paved road suddenly finishes and we cannot travel further. Here were a further four Eleonora's Falcon, wheatears, buntings and a Blue Rock Thrush. The Aegean Sea really is that blue !
|Blue Rock Thrush|
The wind generally increased in the late afternoons and was, as previously stated, from a northerly quarter, and when viewing from the north-east end of the 'alikes' the terns were feeding towards the observer straight in to the wind but with the sun more or less behind the birds. This proved a photographic challenge, but the results were pleasing. A small number of Black Tern would feed by gradually moving forward dipping on the surface of the lake until finally they would turn back and start over again. They did this numerous times seemingly unaware of the camera.
A hybrid Ring-necked/Tufted Duck was discovered by PM on his WEBS count today. The enlarged (rather poor) images indicate an obvious tuft, white nail on bill and greyish-white band around face. The flank is grey, but is surrounded by a white border and thhe head is purple-greenish depending on angle.
14 May, 2011
We chose Kos as a birding holiday destination not because it would provide many new birds for us (in the event there were none), but to get away from the 'zoo' that places such as Lesvos have become. There was rather scant information about the islands' avifauna on the internet, but enough to know what to expect, that is, rather similar to Lesvos in fact.
Up in the foothills 'scratchy' bird song seemed to emanate from every bush - mainly Sardinian Warbler, but also Olivaceous and Subalpine Warblers.
Mt Dikaios foothills
28 April, 2011
26 April, 2011
Gwd's Waxwings of yesterday were still around Sandhouse Lane. They were difficult to count, but around 70-100 birds. Nice to see them on trees with foliage for a change! They fed on a cherry tree and a large patch of Ivy on a Scots Pine.