Sunday, August 30, 2009
Female Sparrowhawk, Fen Drayton, August 2009, © Ken Hook
The Killing Fields of Dry Drayton! The fourth kill in our garden this month and the second in 2 days. The upper picture shows a dead Blackbird, the middle and lower a Woodpigeon, showing the characteristic way a Sparrowhawk deals with its prey.
Posted by CBC at 8:32 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, Milton, 18th August 2009, © Dick Newell
Not infrequently, gull identification is not 100% certain, but there is enough here to be reasonably sure. In particular, the head and breast moult is well advanced and it has a few 2nd generation scapulars, as well as a new tertial. Other contenders would not look like this yet (RGN).
Posted by CBC at 5:45 PM
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Great White Egret, Over Fen, 15th/16th August 2009 © Richard Thomas
Photograph 3 shows the ring detail - Richard has e-mailed the French ringer for details - Watch this space.
Update 4th September 2009 - Ringed as a nestling by Dr Loic Marion at Lac de Grand-Lieu near Nantes France 14th May 2009. This is the first sighting since then.
Posted by CBC at 10:47 AM