Week 44; 31 October 2020 - Pivot Fields
It was back to the Pivots again, after the enjoyable morning yesterday - this time there were quite a few more of us.
Yesterday, Christian had seen Red Avadavat/Strawberry Finch together with the Yellow-crowned Bishops, so I headed to the marsh to try and connect with this Cat E species.
I did stop for a Daurian Shrike in the early morning glow and also created one habitat image
|Daurian Shrike (Lanius isabellinus)|
The Bishops were easy, but I still haven't got my bumble bee flight shot - need to try with my zoom lens, as I will be able to hold it up and steady for longer.
|Yellow-crowned Bishop (Euplectes afer)|
After some time and being bitten by countless Sand Flies and Mosquitoes, the Avadavat made a short and quick appearance before disappearing back into the grass to feed. That was all I needed and I was back to my car and itching for the next 3-days!
|Red Avadavat (Amandava amandava)|
I checked the other side of the marsh, finding the White-throated Kingfisher that I heard calling earlier
|White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)|
Also a Squacco Heron
|Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides)|
A Western Marsh Harrier was bombed (literally) as it flew over the marsh
|Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)|
On the way to the Lapwing fields, I stopped for two Steppe Grey Shrike's, and one that had just had a bath
|Great Grey Shrike (Lanius e. lahtora)|
I found the field with the Lapwings and whilst scanning a Collared Pratincole appeared out of nowhere
|Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola)|
There were many Northern Lapwings
|Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)|
And I managed to count 4 distant Sociable Lapwing
|Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius)|
Tawny Pipits were also in the field, as they were yesterday
|Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)|
There are many White Wagtails and according to Collin's, this one is from Continental Europe, as it has the sharp black border on its nape
|White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)|
On the way out, I spent a bit of time with this obliging Common Kestrel that was hunting in one of the fields
|Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)|