Snapped this whilst researching a music project on the island of Luing in mid-August.
A bit of videoscoping on Old Fisherman’s Path on Whit Monday.
I had a couple of days in the Camargue early last week before going on to a conference in Marseille (European Capital of Culture 2013). I was yomping about more than digiscoping but got a few frames, including some ok video of Slender-billed Gulls and Black Kites.
Lifers for me included Great Spotted Eagle, Kentish Plover, Dartford Warbler, Tawny Pipit, the Slender-billed Gulls, Moustached Warbler, and a Blue-headed Wagtail flava (even if it’s still lumped in as a Yellow Wag). Other great birds included Greater Flamingo, Temmincks and Little Stints, Bonelli’s Eagle, Sub-Alpine Warbler …
It was a foggy day today when I finally had chance to catch up with the Bittern on Crossens Outer. A couple of Short-Eared Owls were around too, and several times I had the Bittern, the shorties and Little Egrets all in the same view in ‘scope and bins. A great day following a similarly fine day at Anfield yesterday. Very bad light for photography of course, but this video captures the jizz of the Bittern well: it’s showing very clearly here in North Merseyside, for such a normally secretive bird.
John A, Bones, Jason, Little Chris and I ventured across to the dark side of the country today before first light. Jason got the pic of the day with the portrait of the Black-throated Thrush in the branches at Newholm, near Whitby.
My own best effort of it feeding on the ground was ruined by some intervening vegetation :
There’s still a fair bit of snow on t’other side of T’Pennines …
We caught up with this Ring-necked Duck at Pugsey Country Park, near Wakefield ~
… and then with this Smew very nearby, on the lagoons beyond The Swan and Cygnet pub …
Jason got that shot of the Smew and this Goldeneye …
Closer to home, judging by his Flickr stream Phil Boardman went to Marton Mere to see if the American Bittern could be confirmed. It wasn’t, but he has a great shot of two Bitterns in flight, as well as Cetti’s Warbler and other stuff on his tream – here’s a Long-eared Owl to whet your appetite.
There were, literally, thousands of Fieldfares and hundreds of Redwings feeding amongst the Sea-buckthorn at the end of Fisherman’s Path today. My frozen hands and shutter cable made digiscoping a chore and so for the most part I just enjoyed being surrounded by them. Well camouflaged, they were almost landing on me. This presumably is some desperate hunger; but they were finding food, so let’s hope the majority make it to the thaw.
11 Great Crested Grebes off shore too, and a Woodcock from the path. Plenty of Goldcrests around too.
Here’s a few oldies …
Mediterranean Gull (adults) (Larus melanocephalus), originally uploaded by jason stannage.
Jason’s local patch, Walton Park in Liverpool, often turns up good numbers of Med Gulls for him. These were found today.
Plenty more on Jason’s flickr stream
Meanwhile, check this from Phil Boardman:
Plenty more on Phil’s flickr stream
Jason proved himself to be the god of Merseyside digiscoping today, with these brilliant images of the Roseate Tern at Seaforth. There are more on his flickr stream, of course.
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus Martin Mere 07/06/09, originally uploaded by jason stannage.
Jason, Bones & I spent Sunday at Martin Mere, where the American Wigeon was not seen ~ unlike Saturday and Monday! The pix are Jason’s as he got round to flickring them first. Bird of the day was this Green Sandpiper, digiscoped through the glass of the Raines Observatory.
Can anyone tell me why, on the one day each week that the bus link from Burscough Bridge to Martin Mere doesn’t function, trains also do not stop at New Lane, which is just a short stroll from the Mere? More bonkersness. But a cab turned out to be just £3.60 – 01704 892000 for cabs in Burscough. And had we not gone back to Burscough we wouldn’t have bumped into Graham outside a pub by the station, so no real complaints …
Elsewhere, the Paddyfield Warbler was seen again at Hilbre yesterday, and if you haven’t yet looked at the photos on the Hilbre blog, do so now, it’s a great bird!