Thursday, December 14, 2017

an interesting Marsh Harrier

easily aged as a juvenile ie now 1cy bird on upperpart pattern and the amount of creamy white on the underparts is individually variable but is this a male or female? structure is usually the key and if there is a bird of the other sex nearby direct comparison makes it easy -- I think most people wold suggest this is a female but when it was being chased by the 3cy male it was the same size if not smaller and of similar / same structure so I am assuming it is a male but on it's own I wouldn't have liked to make a positive ID ---all images in dull light hence high ISO and good crops as well










Sheld Duck





Saturday, December 09, 2017

Black Guillemot and Ring-necked Duck

truly micro dot images of my first Lincs Black Guillemot and a very dull late afternoon female Ring-necked Duck we picked up on the way home at Kirkby Pits -- wonder how many birders really look at that place with any regularity -- oh it Lincs




















Wednesday, December 06, 2017

was it really December 2009 -- Siberian Stonechat in Notts

never really did these record shots justice -- just looking through for some comparative material and came across the files so worked them up a bit -- December 23rd 2009 a very very cold day at -4C with snow on the ground -- male Siberian Stonechat , Notts