Saturday, 23 April 2016

Northern Cyprus and Turkey

A welcome break to Turkey was more about relaxing than birding so I grabbed the opportunity while I could. Enjoy.

Blue Rock Thrush.

Crested Lark

Finsch's Wheatear

Graceful Prinia

Hen Harrier

Laughing Dove

Rock Nuthatch

Sandwich Tern

Serin

White-winged Tern (not 100% on that one) with a Sandwich Tern
Plenty of common stuff around too - Magpie, Jay, Hooded Crow, White Wagtail, House Sparrow etc.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Trip to Newcastle.

A trip to Newcastle gave me a chance to catch up with a few species that I haven't seen for a while.

Kestrel.
Little Owl - not seen one of these since Oct 2008.
Smew - not seen one of these since early 2008. I've never had a view this good though.
Splendid looking bird.
Good to see the bird stretch it's wings.
I hadn't seen Roe Deer since 2007.
It was good to get into a feeding station and see the likes of Great Spotted Woodpecker...
...Magpie...
...Nuthatch...
...and Stock Dove.
A quick trip to the coast produced Short-eared Owl...
...and Tree Sparrow.
A trip to Turkey followed this so that'll be the next post.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

January 2016

A nice selection of images from January.

Common Buzzard on the shore.
 Collared Dove looking forward to spring.
 Cormorant drying it's wings.
 Grey Heron posing.
 Great Northern Diver with a crab.
 Goldcrest - stunning.
 Goosander in a flap.
 Iceland Gull at the hatchery.
 Jackdaw eyeing things up.
 This Knot was a good find in January.
 Little Auks were storm driven but soon moved back out to sea.
 Merlin is usually seen flying off so this sitter was a bit special.
 Plenty of Otter sightings...
 ...and a few cubs around too.
 A few flocks of Redwing are fairly easy to find this winter.
 The sun lights up the landscape as it sets - that's when you see the sun!
 A White-tailed Eagle on a dull day.
 This White-tailed Eagle landed next to the car - fantastic!