Friday, April 27, 2012

Common Sandpiper, Ferry Meadows

Seen while dipping the Little Tern Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Canon EOS 500D 70-300mm IS USM

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Iberian Chiffchaff, Castor Hanglands

Hmm... Come back from a trip to Spain and a week later this turns up. Great find by Kerry Harrison. Needless to say a first for the Peterborough area if accepted. In the field this bird appeared a lot greyer than if does in these photos. Yellowish tones were virtually lacking being only detectable on the upper rump and back. The song sounds right but this bird does habitually add a few notes to the end of the typical song.
Digiscoped with Canon A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Herps, Easton Hornstocks

An interesting outing to Easton Hornstocks before the fun and games at Castor Hanglands kicked off. In addition to these we found two Common Lizards. There were a few Bee Flies and Green Tiger Beetles. More would be likely on a warmer day. These were both under rocks which we replaced immediately without disturbing the animals. Slow Worm Anguis fragilis, immature
Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus, immature
Canon EOS500D 18-55mm IS USM

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Some pictures from a mainly non-birding trip to one of my favourite regions.

Western Dappled White Euchloe crameri

Lesser Kestrels Falco naumanni, Seville Cathedral

Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus, Rocio Lagoon

Griffon Vultures Gyps fulvus, Coto DoƱana

Azure-winged Magpies Cyanopica cyanus mobbing a Raven Corvus corax

Cattle Egrets Bubulcus ibis, coming into land at Valverde VC

White Storks Ciconia ciconia

Canon EOS500 70-300mm IS USM