Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Monday, 14 April 2014
|Whinchats were only just arriving into Cyprus when I arrived.|
|Hoopoe numbers built up as the week went on.|
|Woodchat Shrike at Tomb of the Kings, there were 3 at the mosaic site on the last day.|
|Northern Wheatear with an Ortolan Bunting?|
|Crouching Black-eared Wheatear.|
|Black-eared Wheatears were common when I first arrived with numbers tailing off towards the end of the trip.|
|Another nice 'Eastern' Black-eared Wheatear.|
|Big flocks of Yellow Wagtails in the mosiacs, mostly feldegg.|
|Tame Cretzchmar's Bunting. One of 3.|
|This Masked Shrike spent the week in the mosaic site.|
|3 Red-rumped Swallows, numbers were building towards the end of the holiday|
|Singing Cyprus Wheatear in the Troodos Mountains. They were on every telegraph wire up there.|
|This nice flock of Squacco Herons landed on the rocks off Paphos Harbour. Great to see species like Squacco Heron migrating over the sea.|
Large numbers of Red-throated Pipits were on the move. One of my highlights was watching a Nightingale land on the harbour wall whilst I was having my lunch.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Two superb Dotterel were on the Great Orme limestone pavement late afternoon and evening last night - a bright female and a dull presumed male (pics of female below). They were on the main limestone slab near the wall with the sheep trough behind it. Yesterday an Osprey flew over the headland while Golden Plover, 3 Sand Martins, Tree Pipit, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Canada Geese and 2 Greylags were the other highlights of the last few days. Chough have also been showing well. All pics below were iPhonescoped.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Male above the Conwy Valley on Sunday
Ring Ouzels are back on territory in the North Wales mountains now after spending the winter in the Atlas Mountains of North West Africa.Two weeks ago I had a flock of 25 migrating over the Spanish Pyranes which was great to see. Here's a shot of those birds and of one I got up the Conwy Valley last sunday. Good spots to try include the Nant Francon Valley (top end of old road - other side of valley from main road), Matilda's shaft in the Dinorwic Slate Mines (Mordor!) and the top of the road past Llanber-y-cennin, the Hawfinch spot. Good spotting!
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
I've recently come back from a long weekend in Northern Spain with Richard Birch. I followed a similar itinerary to a trip I did with Andy Clark in 2003. We flew from Liverpool to Barcelona using Easyjet and used Europcar covering c.1300km. Sites covered included El Llobregat at the end of the runway (great wetland reserve with many migrants). Then we stayed in Lecera (Hotel Rural Rincon del Cierza) south of Belchite. It was a great little hotel and handy for El Planeron and the Dupont's Larks. Then we had 2 nights in the Pyranese up the Hecho Valley at the Hotel Uson. It was another lovely hotel with it's own micro-brewery! After the Hecho Valley, Garbadito and a brief trip to the Ski Resort at Candanchu we headed back to Barca with brief stops for Black Wheatear south of Huesca and Great Spotted Cuckoo east of Ballaguer near Lleida. A great little trip. If you're off there soon and need specific gen either post a comment on here or contact me through Facebook.Here's a selection of some of the better photos I managed to take.