Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Dung Fun

I've been spending a bit of time at some local dung piles taking photos of the migrant wheatears and the resident yellow wagtails. it's a working progress but here is what I havee so far...


yellow wagtails;


Saturday, 16 April 2011

'Normal' Wheatears

Our Wheatears are now making their way north and despite all the wheatear species I saw in Morocco it's still great to have a close encounter with a northern!


I'll paying this site a visit more often!!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Robbie Redshank

I spent the day in Norfolk last Saturday, concentrating on photography at Salthouse.

It seemed a little quiet there but the redshanks seem to be rather tame for once, here are a few shots (probably too many!):

A confiding male reed bunt:
one of the many mipits:roll on some decent spring migrants!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Once Bittern...

...Twice shy Taken at Minsmere - from island mere hide.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Morocco - Best of the Rest

So, I've finally blogged all I have from my Trip to Morocco.

To wrap up it was a really fantastic trip and a place I would love to visit again - in about 10 years though once I have been to some different places first!

Here is the best of the rest, mainly record shots;

Scrub Warbler:Moroccan White Wagtail:Moussier's redstart:Black-Winged Kite:Blue tit:Black Redstart:Crag Martin:Laughing Dove:Tristram's warbler:Spotless Starling:Pallid Swift:
My favourite photos from the trip, along with my portfolio, can be seen on my Flickr -

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What a trip!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Desert Sparrow

What an awesome bird!!

We weren't feeling too confident about connecting with this species as we approached the desert but after agreeing a price with a friendly local for GUARANTEED desert sparrow our spirits were lifted...

It was about £30 (our most expensive night by far!) and we had a good room for the night, 4 course dinner, breakfast, camel ride and last but not least a quad bike ride into the Erg Chebbi dunes to a Bedouin camp that a population of about 15 desert sparrow called home!

Here is the team after a successful hours photography with the sparrows;

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Crimson-winged beauties!

They could be described as the Salthouse snow buntings of Morocco!

These Crimson-winged Finches were photographed at the bottom of a ski lift high up at 2600m in the Atlas mountains, Oukaimeden. If patient they were mega tame as they came to feed off the discarded walnut shells from the locals!A few more natural photos in the snow;
Great birds!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

I like Wheatears with White Heads!

Well - I like all wheatears, chats and alike. I also really like black and white birds, so that combined with a wheatear is great! The 2 species in Morocco that fit the bill are Mourning and White cround wheatear. We were lucky enough to see both!

White crowned were very common with tens seen on most journeys through the stoney desert areas but mourning was rather hard with only 2 seen in total...

Mourning Wheatear:
White Crown Wheatear: