29 May 2017

Chasing a Crane - Part 2

Week 43, 22 October 2016 - JPR

The Crane was seen again after my previous visit, so this was an early and quick sojourn back to JPR for a last ditch attempt.

Thwarted again, so had a quick drive around the reserve finding a roosting Black-crowned Night Heron in the reeds, in pretty low light, so I had to up the ISO considerably.

Those eyes!

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Again, a few Little Crake's were seen one still looking a little exhausted.

Knackered Little Crake (Zapornia parva)

I played hide-and-seek with a skittish male Common Redstart until it eventually stayed on its perch long enough for a distant image.

Male Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
A few Daurian Shrikes were present in the soft morning light, this adult

Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)
and a first year bird

There was a large noisy flock of Spanish Sparrows feeding in the reeds feeding on flowers that look like feather dusters

Male Spanish Sparrow (Passer hispaniolensis)
Driving past one of the bigger pools, a Western Osprey was quite low down on a dead tree, having an early breakfast

Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
I couldn't stay much longer, as I had to get to my son's baseball practice and the Crane was not seen again either!

I had a walk around the baseball grounds, no birds of significance, but numbers of Mediterranean Pierrot's

Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)

Male and Female Mediterranean Pierrot (Tarucus rosaceus)
In some leaf litter, I found this cryptic Moth - Euchromius cambridgei. This is a species of moth in the Crambidae family and no English name that I can find.

Euchromius cambridgei - A species of moth in the Crambidae family

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