Monday, 30 June 2008

Med Gull

Second-summer Med Gull, Broom GP, 30th June 2008 by Steve Blain. After saying second-summers are rare at Broom in my last post, I go and find one! The black wing-tips are hard to see here because of the angle of the light.

Blackwits

Black-tailed Godwits, Broom GP, 30th June 2008 by Steve Blain. The winter plumaged bird is interesting; it's quite a bit bigger than the accompanying bird, with a longer bill - could this be limosa?

Friday, 27 June 2008

Med Gull

First-summer Med Gull, Broom GP, 27th June 2008 by Steve Blain. Med Gulls are always a bird to look out for at Broom during the summer months. Adults, first-summers and juveniles are put in regular appearances, however second-summers and winters (3rd calendar year birds) are exceptionally rare, with only a couple of records.

Black-tailed Godwits


Adult summer plumage and adult winter plumage Black-tailed Godwits, Broom GP, 27th June 2008 by Steve Blain.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Roseate Tern




Roseate Tern, Broom GP, 25th June 2008 by Steve Blain. An amazing 'first' for Beds, found by Martin Stevens and id confirmed by myself.

More Roseate Tern





More of the Roseate Tern at Broom GP, 25th June 2008 by Steve Blain

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Coronation pit, Stewartby.Friday 20th June.

Early morning walk around, good number of whitethroats,willow warbler. Nice to see Lesser whitethroat there. A few dragonflies present and a grass snake sunning itself on some brambles.




Friday, 20 June 2008

Corn Bunting

This brightened up a drive home from work! Corn Bunting, Broom, 20th June 2008 by Steve Blain.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Owl Attack



Watched a Barn Owl flying past with food this evening, knocked from the air by this female Kestrel which was undoubtedly after it's catch. Both birds went to ground and could be heard protesting before the Owl continued.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Little Owl opposite Everton Road allotments, Potton - 13/06/2008

Rather distant photo. Seen regularly over past three weeks, but no evidence of second bird for breeding purposes!

Monday, 9 June 2008

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 7th June 2008 by Steve Blain. An exceptionally long-staying individual.

Goldcrest

This bird was seemingly attacking it's own reflection, flaring it's crest.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Starlings

Several hundred Starlings gathering this evening around the sheep field at Willington.

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Little Gull

First-summer Little Gull, Derek Whites Eggs pit, 1st June 2008 by Steve Blain.

Honey Buzzard @ Whipsnade Zoo

Cliff Tack took this 'not-quite-a-record-shot' of a Honey Buzzard he discovered this morning over the Penguin enclosure, Whipsnade Zoo, flying in the general direction of Totternhoe. He used a hand-held point-and-shoot.

Honey Buzzard

2 Red-footed Falcons


2 first-summer male Red-footed Falcons, Rookery South ClP, 1st June 2008 by Steve Blain. Dire photos but at least the two birds are in both shots!

Red-footed Falcon and Gropper

I tried to get a shot of the two Red-footed Falcons passing each other in mid-air..


Close, but no cigar.. :-( It was a bit tricky to work out what falcon was crossing the one you were following in the camera..


Another shot of the obliging Gropper at the MVCP, this time a digiscoped image using my parents Canon A720IS compact camera hand-held to my scope. I'm pretty happy with both Gropper photos, but I think I prefer the shot I took yesterday with my SLR, even though the image size is bigger on this one.. Photos taken by Martin Green.

Blackcap


Blackcap, Battlesden, 31st, May 2008

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