The quietest day of the trip so far and a turn in the weather. No more fingerless gloves and four layers of clothing. Warmer settled conditions though, means few birds. Although the quantities appear large, there is a feeling of a general clear out of migrants. A trip to Memetcik is required to get a wader fix, though this shallow bowl has lost much water in just a few days since our last visit. Kolly witnessed a male Little Bittern being knocked over by a white van man and Bobbo had a dilemma whether to tick a bird with a 2% pulse. A Great Snipe was bird of the day albeit with brief but good views.
Hoopoe's were fairly common with seven seen today. This photo was taken on a rough track where it blended in nicely...or so it thought. Later that afternoon, we found it had been eaten by a raptor.
Sardinian Warblers were unexpectedly more common than normal with three or four seen daily.
Pallid Harriers were seen daily. This ringtail was seen over Memetcik being harried by the resident Hooded Crows.
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Great shots Steve. The Sardinian Warbler is my favourite. Beautiful.ReplyDelete
Agreed .. I'd settle for a quiet day like thisReplyDelete
Fantastic collection Steve,I agree with Mark.ReplyDelete
Wonderful series! That Hoopoe is pretty. The Vipers were pretty interesting as well!ReplyDelete
Great stuff Steve, I like the Sardinian Wabler.ReplyDelete
Nice instructive shot of the harrier Steve. So what did Bobbster say - do tell!!ReplyDelete