Friday, 17 February 2017

Costa Rica sightings today

Today was a Trogon day with great views of the stunning Black-headed Trogon and also our first Elegant Trogan, albeit a slightly drab female.  Patsy also found the intriguingly named Northern Beardless Tyrannulet. Other goodies included one of my favourite Nearctic warblers: Prothonotary Warbler, a stunning male of course.  We also got to grips today with some hummingbirds. They are really difficult but we managed to id Cinnamon, Ruby-throated, Steely-vented and Plain-capped Starthroat.  We also found a Mangrove Cuckoo, which I was pleased with as we missed this species in Florida.
Photography is not the easiest as usually these birds are deep in forest canopy and the scene is quite dark. The first shot was taken with 3200 ISO.

Black-headed Trogon

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Birding in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica today

Today's highlights included five Black-headed Trogons inc three males, three Turquoise-browed Motmots, Squirrel Cuckoo, Tropical Mockingbird, Black Hawk, Streak-backed Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Groove-billed Ani's and Hoffman's Woodpecker.  Off shore were about 50 Frigatebirds chasing flying fish along with a few Brown Booby and Brown Pelican.  The temperature here is in the 80-90's which sounds great which all but suspends effective birding from 10-3.

Fem Black-headed Trogon

Ad Crested Caracara

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Nice introduction to Costa Rica

We arrived for a two trip to Costa Rica yesterday.  Today's highlights are too many to mention but we did manage to find the stunning Turquoise-browed Motmot (incidentally the national bird of Nicaragua). We also saw some stunning Tropical Kingbirds, various orioles and hummingbirds.  I don't think there is time to find all 59 of the latter in this hot country. Anyway, here's a couple pics from today.

Turquoise-browed Motmot

Tropical Kingbird

Red-lorred Parrot eating a leaf

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Blackbird on berries

Its just a first year male Blackbird but there's something I quite like about this image.  It was taken last November in the garden when hundreds of mixed thrushes were on the move.

Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool Penzance

I counted a maximum of 36 Purple Sandpipers at the Battery Rocks, Jubilee Pool last week. High tide is best here when they are joined by Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Sanderling.

Purple Sandpiper, Penzance.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Iceland Gull at Helston boating lake

This second winter Iceland Gull showed well for 20 minutes this morning as it preened on the pool. I was lucky as it approached to within 30 meters.  The light was very intense this morning so I had to reduce the exposure down thus darkening out the pond colour.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Eastern Black Redstart at Mousehole

I revisited Mousehole on Saturday to take another look at the stunning Eastern Black Redstart, which seems to have taken up residence on the beach by the Rock Pool.  As of today, its been there for 29 days.

Female Kingfisher at Tehidy CP

A couple shots of the female Kingfisher at Tehidy Country Park from the weekend. Only females wear the lipstick...

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Short-eared Owl at Bartinney

I visited the popular Short-eared Owl site yesterday afternoon in perfect light.  I saw two of the three birds here along with Alan James, Bob Sharples and nearly 20 other birders!  The best time to visit is just after 2pm when they start hunting the fields.  You need to hunker down behind the hedge and use a bit of fieldcraft.  The owls were unperturbed by everyone there.  I waited until near sunset and got some nice views of these charismatic birds.

Short-eared Owl hunting down a flushed Skylark

Short-eared owl at last light, Bartinney Downs

Taken with D5, 500mm F4, 1.4x TC and cropped 50%

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Eastern Black Redstart images from Mousehole this morning

Eastern Black Redstart, Rock Pool, Moushole. Nikon D5, 500mm F4.

I took these shots this morning in stunning light. These shots are probably the brightest that I've seen so far; the sun really has brought out the orange tones nicely.