Saturday, 17 June 2017

Surprise Slavonian...

An unexpected addition to our Bothal lists this morning and my first in summer plumage... What a stunner!

Slavonian Grebe

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Recent photos...

Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits at Cresswell.

Wood Warbler

Female Blue-headed Wagtail

Little Gull

Little Owl


Male Ruff
Broad-bodied Chaser

Monday, 29 May 2017

Mallorca - Son Real...

On our final full day on Mallorca we visited the reserve of Son Real on the east coast, and enjoyed probably our favourite birding of the trip. Highlights included some confiding Audouin's Gulls on the beach and Tawny Pipits, Thekla Larks and Balearic Woodchat Shrikes on the heath. Both Scopoli's Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater were offshore as well. What made the reserve special in our opinion was the great mix of habitats; farmland, heathland, coastal scrub and then the beach.

We ended with a total of 105 species being seen during the week we were there. A great trip!

Audouin's Gulls - adults and a second-summer.

Tawny Pipit

Kentish Plovers

Balearic Woodchat Shrike

Thekla Larks

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Mallorca - Albufera (part two)...

Finally had the time to edit some more photos from Mallorca and on our penultimate full day of the holiday we returned to Albufera. Highlights included a male Little Bittern a few metres away, a Collared Pratincole, Temminck's Stint, 7 Little Stints, 50+ Spotted Redshank, a Water Pipit and a hybrid Little Egret x Reef Heron. We also had a Marbled Duck, but later found out this was from one of the reintroduction schemes taking place over the last few years to boost the population there...

Little Bittern
Cattle Egret
Sardinian Warbler
Black-winged Stilt

Collared Pratincole
Great Reed Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Little Egret x Reef Heron

Water Pipit