Another very hot day but with a cooling north-westerly wind. The change of wind direction and strength was just enough to bring a small influx of shrikes, including our first real rarity find of the trip. With the fresh fall of eight Red-backed Shrikes, two Masked and two Woodchat came a female/first year Isabelline Shrike. Sadly we had no more than a minute on it and not enough time to photo it. as it disappeared into the juniper forest. It was also seen by a Brummie crew.
Male Red-backed Shrike watching a bee. This stunning male had arrived overnight.
Black-eared Wheatear of the eastern melanoleuca "black-throated" form. A common passage migrant seen daily.
Blue-headed Wagtail - regular passage migrant in varying numbers.
Short-toed Lark were seen daily though not as common as they have been in previous years.
Additional daily totals were as follows: three White Stork, eight Marsh Harrier, four Pallid Harrier, one Curlew (island tick for me!), two Crag Martin, 12 Red-throated Pipit, 50 Yellow Wagtail, male Golden Oriole, two Sardinian and one Ruppell's Warbler.
Superb .. What wondeful lightReplyDelete
very interesant blog;and beautiful photo, bravoReplyDelete
Excellent images, the warm lighting is superb.ReplyDelete
The light is fabulous Steve. The last Lark shot is gorgeous.ReplyDelete