Long overdue for an update (!) but bird sightings have been relatively few during the winter. A Spring visit to Cyprus altered all this although water was very scarce and meant the birds were having a hard time. Some photos below, however.
Bee-eater near Anarita
Masked Shrike at Smygies, just having bathed in a leaking trickle from the well
Cretzschmar's Bunting drinking from the leak at Smygies
Black-winged Stilt at Zakaki pool
Black-headed Bunting near Ayios Nikolaos
Lesser Kestrel at Anarita
Little Stints at Lady's Mile
Distant Montagu's Harrier at Anarita
Flock of mostly Purple Herons - Akrotiri gravel pits
For several days a Great White Egret frequented riverside fields and ditches at Fishwick Bottoms by the River Ribble. A deep ditch filled with water-cress appeared to be its favourite feeding ground. On one occasion it was accompanied by a Grey Heron.
Around this date, a Bittern was seen very close-by at Brockholes and two Little Egrets were on the adjacent river. All four of these 'heron-like' species were within a radius of one mile.
Brockholes Whimbrel roost, Spring 2010 (personal count)
April 11 (0), 14 (2), 17 (32), 18 (74), 19 (84), 20 (108), 21 (127), 22 (c.90), 23 (120), 24 (106), 25 (265), 26 (c.225), 27 (290), 28 (122), 29 (226), 30 (278), May 2 (c.260); I was away after this date but reports said that numbers decreased rapidly after May 2.
Short-toed Eagle, Karagaac, Turkey, 2009
A high degree of luck is certainly required in flight photography! Before this bird was lost from sight, I only managed 5 shots, 4 of which were quite useless. I've never had one in range before or since!