Sunday, November 26, 2006

Egyptian Goose

Mega rares Boultham Park Lincoln and coming to Bread, Awesome


Moorhen

Boultham Park
Walking around people feeding the ducks.

Coot

Boultham Park coming to bread.



Greylag Goose

Boultham Park

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Raptor Watching Holbeach

From Right to Left
Billy North Lincs, Billy Bull Shit and Billy No Mates
Seven species today, Female marsh Harrier, Male and Female Hen Harrier, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, 3-4 Merlins Common Buzzard and Black-eared Kite.
Single Barn Owl over car park.

Lapwing

Holbeach, thousands of them

Laps and GPs


Curlew

Holbeach, loads of them in the fields all around.


Yellowhammer

Holbeach marsh, common in this area.

Hen Harrier

One very distant Male Hen harrier Holbeach marsh.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

BLACK EARED KITE

Black-eared Kite is the largest form of the Palearctic Kites, the wings of Black eared are broad and display six deeply splayed fingers, creating a broad, squarish wing tip.
The primarys of Black eared are longer than other forms and from the pictures they can be assessed, the fingers of the longest primaries, third and fourth are longer than the visible portions of the same feathers, also the sixth finger is longer than in Western black kite being two thirds to three quarters of the length of the fifth finger


Deeply splayed fingers pale vent and contrasting primary pattern


Note the underwing pattern, white bases to the outer primaries, with pale and dark barring on the inner primaries as well as the long primary fingers, Black-eared Kites most striking feature is the broader and more obvious window in the bases of the four outer primaries.

Roe Deer

Lincolnshire
Three seen this morning two crossed my path distantly and a third jumped into a drain and swan across it coming out on the bank in front of me.



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BLACK EARED KITE

BLACK EARED KITE
A FIRST FOR LINCOLNSHIRE
Its Common Buzzard like underparts immediately aroused suspicions as to its identity, as well as its broad and deeply splayed six-fingered primaries and striking dark ear-coverts. The most striking feature is its broad and obvious white window in the bases to the outer four primaries on the underwing, together with the brighter and more distinct barring on the inner primaries. It also has a pale lower belly and vent. These are features of Black-Eared Kite Milvus mugrans lineatus, a form considered by some authorities to be a seperate species.
This could well explain the birds state of plumage (predominantly fresh juvenile) as well as the late occurrence date.
See Birding World 16: April 2003 page 156-160



Sunday, November 12, 2006

BLACK EARED KITE

LINCOLNSHIRE 2006

BLACK EARED KITE

Holbeach St Mathews Lincolnshire
At last caught this one back up on the County listers, we arrived at 8.15am, Kite already on view sat against the sun though on a hedge, nearly two hours later it flew and was then in almost constant view till we left at 1.00pm, though always distant i managed these rather long range shots which have been greatly cropped.
Watched flying over a copse with two Common Buzzards then out over the Salt marsh were it was attacked by two Common Kestrels.
Also out on the marsh several Little Egrets a Hen Harrier and a Peregrine.



BLACK EARED KITE

LINCOLNSHIRE 2006



BLACK EARED KITE

LINCOLNSHIRE 2006, Stunning views after i ran the half mile along the embankment.




Toft Newton

Whooper Swans
Called into Toft this afternoon for the Purple sand which we saw easily even though it was very flighty, a female Common Scoter on the water and these six Whoopers over made for a decent hours watching.

Purple Sandpiper

Toft Newton
One very hard to photograph Purple sand, crap light this afternoon had to shoot these off at 800asa. Very vocal and watched feeding on worms from the cracks in the concrete.