Sunday, October 30, 2011
'Note the difference in overall shape from Rough-legged (below). The wings are broader and the black patches at the carpal joint are much reduced, and of course the lack of a tail band. The underparts also lack the obvious dark belly patch shown by Rough-legged Buzzard. SME'
Posted by CBC at 11:24 AM
Friday, October 28, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Photographed following the River Great Ouse upstream and being mobbed by Crows. Almost 100 were reported coming in off the sea between Titchwell and Holme last Thursday and Friday alone after a good breeding year due to plenty of Lemmings according to staff at Holme Dunes - hopefully some will decide to overwinter in the county.
Posted by CBC at 9:23 AM
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This is only the second juvenile Caspian Gull that I have found in Cambs. Although it has retained all but 3 of its scapulars, and the scapulars are unusually patterned, like a holly leaf, after consulting experts, I am confident that it is a Caspian Gull. This bird is the subject of a Surfbirds discussion.
Posted by CBC at 6:59 PM
Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 08, 2011
'These owlets , survivors from a 2nd brood of five , were ringed at an undisclosed site in Cambridgeshire on 7th October. All appeared healthy and well fed and should all be fledged within the next four to five weeks –their ages ranging between 31 and 42 days. The individual photo is of a female at 42 days. The middle bird of the group is a probable male but it was not possible to sex the youngest bird . It seems they have a plentiful supply of food within their territory so hopefully all will be well.' NS
Posted by CBC at 3:53 PM
Friday, October 07, 2011
'Although highly unlikely to be a wild bird, it is feeding well, and ranges over quite a distance to feed on invertebrates, often in a nearby ploughed field, but it is a wonderful bird nonetheless and worth seeing.' SME
Posted by CBC at 2:31 PM
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
Juvenile Pallid Harrier, Gamlingay Wood, © Stuart Elsom, 3rd October 2011.
The pale collar, dark neck boa and wholly dark secondaries are visible here.
This shot as the bird is twisting in flight shows the pale upperwing coverts,
pale collar and long tail to good effect.
|The third and final shot. A moment later it dropped over the hedge and was lost - |
until seen again by Mark Ward and his girlfriend in Bedfordshire.
Note the pale edges to the whole of the upperparts, indicating juvenile plumage. SME
Posted by CBC at 8:16 PM