Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Snetts again

Two trips to Snettisham in ten days after not visiting for about a decade! This time in the company of Will Bowell we were aiming to catch up with the Black-eared Kite and were able to get good views of this British first. A lot of the time it was mobbed by a Common Buzzard and although it ranged from Dersingham Bog to the beach road over the farmland east of the pits it didn't come close enough for photos.

Other raptors were good with Peregrine and Merlin putting in appearances and a rather odd-looking pale Peregrine-like bird.

This Scaup (and the Redshank that walked close to us at the time) was more cooperative than last time, but what age/sex is it? The first two shots show how dodgy it is trying to judge things like head shape from a single photo.

Scaup Aythya marila

Redshank Tringa totanus

Digiscoped Nikon Coolpix P4 and Leica APO77 x20

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