30/05/09

English (UK)   Too hot for most birds  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 11:02:10 am

The temperature yesterday was 47 deg C. Too hot for most birds except the black-crowned finch-larks that turn up every year to breed. Theses two are females, there were several males around as well but these two came close enough to be photographed.



16/05/09

English (UK)   We brave sandstorms to bring you birds  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 10:47:11 am

This weekend has been, dusty, hot with a little bit of fine weather yesterday. I went out on Thursday morning which was fine at first but soon deteriorated to a sandstorm, here are a couple of pictures I managed.


Little tern


Common sandpiper

Friday was much better and so were the birds.




White-winged black tern. I was lucky, he landed just to the side of me, I got off about four shots before he took off again.




Little tern


Cattle egret and as Howard says, proof they are now a breeding species.


Temminck's Stint. This one fooled me as I thought it was a little stint, however I sent a copy to a friend back home and he corrected my mistake.

09/05/09

English (UK)   Flight shots  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 03:59:48 pm

There was not much about yesterday so I concentrated on flight shots.




White-winged black tern




Black-winged stilts

06/05/09

English (UK)   A lucky encounter  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 08:03:59 am

I went out for about 45 minutes just before dusk last night. There were a few red-backed shrike about but they were too far away. However, I spotted this whinchat perched on an old piece of wood so I approached slowly. She flew off when I got too close but returned to the perch after five minutes so I drove even closer and she flew off and returned again. I managed to get a good series of pictures and this is my favourite.

03/05/09

English (UK)   Lots of plovers around  -  Categories: Bird Images (posts)  -  @ 11:22:43 am

This weekend there were lots of plovers around both young and old.


Kentish plover chick


Kentish plover




Caspian plover
I have to thank Howard for spotting this lovely bird.


A rude collared pratincole, showing me his back.

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