Plenty of Redwing are on the move at the moment.These images were taken at Spurn on the east coast last week.It looks like it has been a bumper year for the berry crop, which will suit all the thrushes that come to over-winter on our shores.I have had a few small flocks of Redwing ,on my local patches they have moved inland too.I love standing in the garden, during the hrs of darkness listening to the seep, seep of the birds, as they fly overhead!..Thanks again for dropping by & keep well!
Saturday, 19 October 2019
Marsh Harriers are always a welcome sight on the Marsh.Whilst hidden in the reeds,I surprised this one hunting along the edges!A quick run over to the Gravel Pits area, near to Agios Georgeos church proved quite worthwhile, this juveniles Montagues Harrier dropped in for a rest and afforded me exceptional views at about 40 metres.I didn't even have to get out of the car!
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
A few recent images from a day out in Akrotiri,at a place called Lady's Mile,Southern Cyprus.Usually this is a really good bet for the various types of wader that stop off here to refuel and rest up on their migration South.It can be a hit or miss affair in Autumn,depending on water levels.When I was there in mid September,there was still enough water on the salt marsh to tempt the waders to drop in.
The main wader there in any numbers were Kentish Plover,accompanied by a few common Ringed Plover.A few Dunlin had been present ,the previous few days, but non were to be found this particular morning.A bird that I had hoped to see was Broad Billed Sandpiper,two had been reported in the area the previous day, but look as I might,I could not pick them out!!!
Sunday, 6 October 2019
|This guy was definitely giving me the evil eye, though I was a good 500 yds away!!|
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Its pale underparts definitely stood out ,amongst the many Chiffchaffs that were present!
A truly stunning little warbler with its dark wing patches.Never still and characteristics all to its self!
The only Eastern Orphean Warbler I was to encounter, suddenly appeared atop a small bush and gave me a good 5 minute runaround before I obtained a few images.
Again this was a lifer for me and having missed one the previous day on Paphos headland, was a very pleasing find!
A few are usually reported in the park every Spring passing through to their breeding grounds!
Another first for me on the island!!
Subalpine Warbler were beginning to be reported in the last few days and I was keen to catch up with this colourful species.
I chanced upon this one whilst out with a friend that lives on the island,a keen birder himself, this one was around the crop fields of Mandria and gave prolonged views!
A quite diminutive warbler, never still and constantly keeping within cover.Sometimes it would disappear for 5 mins, then reappear 20 yds away!!
Friday, 20 April 2018
A 4.30 meet up with Albert and we were on our way up to the Troodos mountains and Mt Olympus.Albert had told me about a track through the woods, near to a Cypriot army base, where a wagon had left tyre tracks in the soft clay over the winter period.This had then filled up with water and provided the local birds with a readymade drinking and bathing area.A welcome retreat for them to cool off.Albert was going to set up his hide adjacent to the track, and I was going to use the car as my hide, with a blind covering the window!Arriving before first light, we were both in position by 6.15am.Anticipation was great, as Albert mentioned that sooner or later, the birds would be going about their daily routine.The Crossbill is a bird of the pines and I was hopeful of encountering this rather stocky bird with its peculiar bill.True to form after about an hours wait,I could hear the chip, chip,chip call as 3 females and a juvenile dropped into the trees at the side.They were ever so cautious, weighing up any particular signs of danger.It seemed like an age ,before 1 decided that it was safe to drop down onto the pool, accompanied by a Chaffinch!
With all the kernels from the pine cones consumed, they have to supplement the diet with copious amounts of water!