Friday, 22 June 2018

The Hobby.


In a recent post "Fast Fliers" on my main blog I featured the Hobby (Falco Subbuteo). 

I spent another few hours on Thursley Common today mainly to obtain some images of the prey this bird favours, particularly dragonflies and damselflies, but I could not pass up the opportunity to try and grab some more shots of this aerial acrobat. 


There were two birds on the wing and they never came very close to me so I had to use the 70-300 lens at full stretch and all the shots have been cropped.

Typically eating its prey on the wing.



Monday, 4 June 2018

Reed Bunting.

A male Reed Bunting.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Common Whitethroat.

A male Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) proclaiming its territory after flying here all the way from Africa last month. FAB.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Inquisitive Doe.

I came across this Roe Doe hiding in one of the local farmer's crop fields recently. She was monitoring all the comings and goings along a nearby footpath by sight, sound and smell and probably had a recently born kid also hiding somewhere deep within the crop.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

Spoonbills at Lake Kerkini, Greece.


Another species that I have only ever photographed once before in the UK and at some distance was the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) so another enjoyable encounter was the 40+ encamped in the drowned forest on Lake Kerniki, Greece.

An adult standing guard over two youngsters in one of the nests situated within close proximity of the very numerous and noisy nesting Cormorants.


The left hand bird (above) of this probable breeding pair was ringed 'V2'. I sent off a report via BTO and received its record history from the Dutch coordinator confirming it was ringed on 20 May 2001 at Lake Kerniki. The only previous reported sighting was in 2010 on the lake.



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