Yesterday the weather was perfect, not so this morning. Another overcast, cold and blustery morning (of course tomorrow will be just fine too!). These conditions make it tough for photography (perhaps flash should be a consideration on these days?).
Anyway, to JPR it was where Paul Scott had also decided to try. The morning was hard work, but there were some good birds at the end of it.
I had my first Common Kingfisher of the year
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)|
As well as a Black-winged Kite
|Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus vociferus)|
On the big pool, three Tufted Ducks which I missed in December
|Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)|
Again, there were many Spotted Eagles, including the one that had been satellite tagged earlier in the year (it didn't stick around for it's picture though)
|Greater Spotted Eagle (Aquila clanga)|
There were good numbers of White-tailed Lapwing on the road to the beach. I saw one display what looked like courtship behaviour - much strutting with angel-type wings spread
|White-tailed Lapwing (Vanellus leucurus)|
A Little Egret provided the opportunity for a portrait
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)|
The weather cleared a little and overhead there was again a big flock of Pallid Swifts
|Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)|
Working my way through it, I again found the House Martin, but nothing else of interest
|Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum)|
A Steppe Buzzard flew overhead, but the Swifts weren't bothered at all
|Steppe Buzzard (Buteo b. vulpinus)|
Back to the Brown Shrike spot, this time a longer wait with only a brief view (after it had bathed) before it disappeared again. That clean shot is put back on the shelf...
|Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus)|