Sunday, 13 July 2014

Red Kite near Bellefontaine, French Jura

June 25, 2014:
Briefly perching in a conifer.

Bellefontaine, Jura, France

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Cyprus birds

April 29-May 5:
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
Spotted Flycatcher at Akrotiri church
Roller at Anarita
Temminck's Stint at the ford near Nata
Red-footed Falcon, 2-cy female at Anarita


Monday, 10 February 2014

Great White Egret near Preston

January 2014:
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.