This chap trying to get our attention at High Force the other week.
Today at Rainham Marshes: cold, grey, tripled my lifetime sightings of a barn owl within 30 minutes of getting there, then as I was rushing out of the rain a lone curlew flew past. Add in fieldfares, three marsh harriers and a hovering kestrel and that’s a good day.
(The northern boardwalk is still shut but they’re diverting walkers along what, I guess, used to be a maintenance path for vehicles and reserve staff.)
What’s the wader? In the UK I’d suggest a common sandpiper but being where you are, it could be anything! Also is the other one a hamerkop?
Oh, I didn’t even question it! I just lazily thought sandpiper too. Checking my book now and I think you’re right.
Yes, hamerkop, 2/2!
I had an immature Cooper’s Hawk hanging about the backyard yesterday. Super camouflaged against the tree bark. No photo
It turns out I have set up my bird feeders perfectly for these hawks to swoop down and grab a meal. Which is a nice little bonus for me but maybe not for the sparrows….
I took a quick pic of ‘a pair of egrets’ flying over the other day, only to later realise that they were my first spoonbills too!
Shite photo time from Benjakitti Park in Bangkok. Pics should be of a black collared starling, brown shrike, magpie-robin, a Malaysian pied-fantail, and a large-billed crow. Was a lovely hour wandering around. Also saw an asian koel, a greater coucal, white breasted waterhen, scaly munias and some javanese pond herons.
A rare visit to the coast today so decided we were overdue some terrible heavily-zoomed and cropped phone photos of quite common birds.
This lot were gathered quite nicely in a little group. I think a few turnstones and a little sanderling around the oystercatcher.
There were loads of the little sanderlings about. I think they might be one of my new favourite birds, constantly charging back and forth about the place in a blur of little legs.
This one was pretty inseparable from his oystercatcher pal though.
Really like this one, the reflection is really cool