Markus Craig had found a Common Crane at JPR earlier in the week, but I had to wait for the end of the week, before I could make an attempt to see it.
The Crane had been seen in the morning, so after work I headed to JPR and straight to the area where it had been seen. I searched for a good 30-minutes, but to no avail. Disappointed, I did a few circuits of the reserve, hoping that it had moved elsewhere.
White Wagtails were one of the early winter visitors. Here a classic adult and another with very grey flanks, perhaps yarrelli race?
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)|
|Possible White Wagtail (Motacilla a. yarerelli))|
|Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)|
A poor record image of a fulvescens Spotted Eagle that passed overhead. This individual stayed in the reserved for a number of weeks
|Fulvescens Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga clanga)|
|Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca)|
I was able to lock the focus onto a Common Snipe as it passed by at speed
|Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)|
|Little Crake (Zapornia parva)|
|Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)|
|White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)|
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
|Female Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
|Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)|
|Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)|