Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ramsgate & Pegwell Bay

In recent weeks, Goldcrest and Egyptian Geese at Richmond Park.
Today at Pegwell, Brent Geese, oystercatcher, green woodpecker, magpie, crow, pied wagtail, dunnock, grey plover, shelduck, redwing, curlew, redshank, turnstone, great black-backed gull, blackbird, little egret, mallard, teal, bh gull.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Richmond Park 1 August

At long last we have found where there is a Little Owl!

Myanmar August 2015

Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental Magpie
House Crow
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Feral Pigeon
Common Myna

Black Shouldered Kite. Distant in a tree but later seen most superbly on the Palong walk.
Coppersmith Barbet

Chinese Pond Heron
Little Egret
Little Cormorant
Common Tailorbird
Greater Coucal
Cinnamon Bittern
Scaly Breasted Munia
White Throated Kingfisher
Burmese Shrike 

Kalaw train
Scarlet Backed Flowerpecker
Green Beeeater
Red vented bulbul
Vinous Breasted Starling
Pied Bushchat
House Swift
Indian Roller
Barn Swallow

Little Minivet
Striated Swallow
Ashy Woodswallow
Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher
White Browed Laughingthrush
Black Bulbul
Asian Koel
Black Drongo
Bar winged flycatcher shrike
House swift 

Plains & Mandalay
White Rumped Munia
Spot Billed Duck
Asian Palm Swift
Streak Eared Bulbul
Olive Backed Sunbird
White Throated Babbler
White Vented Myna

Burmese Bushlark
Pied Cuckoo
Streaked Weaver
Plain Backed Sparrow
Spotted Owlet
Yellow Cheeked Tit
Grey Breasted Prinia


South Africa July 2015

At Joburg airport: common Myna, Feral Pigeon and Pied Crow

At Hoedspruit Airport, Lilac-Breasted Roller, Grey Lourie, Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill and Frok Tailed Drongo

In Vuyani: Greater Blue-Eared Starling, Dark-capped Bulbul, Green-backed Cameroptera, Blue Waxbill, African Green Pigeon, Blacksmith Plover, Cape Turtle Dove, Crested Francolin, White Crested Helmetshrike (flying round in small groups), Green Wood-hoopoe, Black-Headed Oriole, African Jacana, Egyptian Goose, Grey Heron, Red-faced Mousebird, Brown Snake Eagle, Green Backed Eremomela, Yellow-breasted Apalis, African Dusky Flycatcher, Brown Hooded Kingfisher, Red-billed Oxpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Yellow-fronted Canary, Bronze Mannikin, Southern Red-billed Hornbill, African Mourning Dove, Brubru, Sabota Lark, Dark Chanting Goshawk (sitting noble and proud on a fencepost), Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (who make the massive next colonies hanging from electricity pylons), Southern Black Tit, Golden-tailed woodpecker, Green-winged Pytilia, Kurrichane Thrush, Black-collared Barbet, Arrow-marked Babbler, Common Scimitarbill, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Fiery-necked Nightjar (after dusk, sitting on the dusty tracks as we drove along then flying off just at the last minute)

Marabou Stork, Collared Sunbird at the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre.

On a day trip up onto the Drakensberg ridge: White Backed Vulture, Rock Kestrel, African Black Duck (flying), Verraux's Eagle, Red-winged Starling, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Spectacled Weaver, Intermediate Egret, African Black Swift, Mocking Ciff Chat, Familiar Chat

Back into Moditlo/Vuyani: Southern White Crowned Shrike, African Fish Eagle, African Grey Hornbill, Bataleur, Bearded Scrub Robin, Long-billed Crombec, Hooded Vulture, Red-crested Korhaan, Spotted Eagle Owl

On a marvellous day in Kruger, Magpie Shrike, Natal Spurfowl, Common Ostrich, Three-banded Plover, Double-banded Sandgrouse, Black-backed Puffback, Crested Barbet, Laughing Dove, Black-chested Snake Eagle, Cape Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, African Pipit, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Cape Wagtail, African Pied Wagtail, Black Crake, Black-crowned Night Heron, White Faced Whistling Duck, Goliath Heron, Striated HEron, Wate rThick Knee, Jameson's Firefinch, Hadeda Ibis, White Throated Swallow. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scotland - Loch Lomond

The last of the over-wintering Pink Footed Geese - we saw a flock thinking of landing at the Loch Lomond nature reserve, but they circled and flew off north - off back home we thought. But in fact when we got back to our cottage, there they all were in the field!

A big skein of Whooper Swans navigating along the loch from Inversnaid.

Golden Eagles from Inversnaid and Dollar. 

A Black Grouse lek - 3 males and 2 females near the Whangie car park...we'd had a 5am wake-up so delighted at our success.

Other notables: Curlew outside the cottage, heard first chiffchaff of the year (too early for Pied Flycatchers), Goldeneye, Goosander, GCG on the loch, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks on the hills, a Reed Bunting in the Ochills.

Nuthatch, Grey Wagtail, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail around the loch.

Eider, Redshank at Helensburgh.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Belper 1 Feb

Treecreeper on the Chevin

2 pairs of Goosander, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler on the lake.

At 1715 on a freezing day, first sighting of the Barn Owl emerging from Archery Woods and flying across the field to perch and survey.