Sunday, 15 October 2017

Portugal (September 2017)

Just come back from a good trip to SW Portugal with Naturetrek.

I good cross section of species as well as some new dragonflies including Black Percher, Long Skimmer and Iberian Bluetail.

Fabulous views of a new bird for me: Great Shearwater on a pelagic out of Sagres

Here are a selection of photos:

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Camargue (5-12th July 2017)

Just came back from a very pleasant trip to the Camargue in search of dragonflies and birds with Naturetrek.

I saw one new species of bird for me - a fly over Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

Fared better with new dragonflies which were:
  • Orange-spotted Emerald
  • Copper Demoiselle
  • White Featherlegs
  • Large Pincertail
  • Yellow Clubtail
  • Western Spectre
  • Pronged Clubtail 
  • Mediterranean Bluet

Here is a selection of my better photos:

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Fobney (24/04/17)

No sign of any Grasshopper Warblers just a small selection of other common warblers

Friday, 3 March 2017

Zebon Copse (26/2/2017)

A single Waxwing seen briefly in a tree top near to the Spar Shop but it didn't return.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

27th December (Warblington/Broadmarsh)

3 Cattle Egrets seen immediately with a a single Little Egret, however, 10 minutes later they flew off.

At Broadmarsh not much to speak of - 3 small grebes a long way out were unidentified.

26th December (Littlehampton boat lake/The Burgh)

No sign of any Med Gulls around the lake - a few Sanderling on the foreshore.

At the Burgh were at least 6 Red Kites and lots of Buzzards as well as a pair of displaying Raven's.  A Buzzard type species flew over being mobbed by Kites which looked good for a Rough-legged Buzzard - I didn't get all the salient features and the above photo is not very helpful, so I will keep an eye on the local Sussex news to see if one gets reported.

We heard partridge but couldn't see any and there was a distinct lack of Corn Buntings.