The Long-billed Dowitcher is getting colourful

When life shits into the fan, the best is to leave everything behind and go out birding. So, off I went to Lincolnshire after seeing some cracking photos of the long-staying Long-billed Dowitcher at Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve. Sun breaks the horizons a couple minutes earlier every day so the season of really early birding [...]

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More thoughts on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV camera performance

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV camera is an excellent companion for any birdwatchers especially travelling birders and despite having its weaknesses, it delivers decent photos in good light conditions. Last June I posted some results and thoughts on the capability of this camera and now I add some more below. Autofocus The Sony RX10 IV [...]

Iceland Gull for Christmas

Yesterday a 2nd winter Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) was found by a local birder at the Newton Leys small lake near the landfill. My health challenges didn't allow to do my usual birding routine in the last few weeks, but the Christmas shopping at the local ASDA superstore was a good excuse to grab a camera [...]

9 Species to the Western Palearctic 500: What can 2019 bring?

With just 9 species to reach my Western Palearctic 500 milestone, I summarized the potential resident species to be added to my WP list, some of them, hopefully, in 2019. I have not had many birding trips within the Western Palearctic ever since I started travelling for birds, but a comprehensive trip to Turkey/Georgia and [...]

A long awaited lifer: the Little Auk

The easterly winds have always been very exciting in the United Kingdom especially this time of the year when rarities are popping in. For the weekend I had two potential life birds to go for within a reasonable reach. One was the Leach's Storm Petrel and the Little Auk. I monitored the report rate at [...]

My contribution to the Global Shorebird Counting in Norfolk

Norfolk has always been a rewarding region in the United Kingdom for finding waders for the Global Shorebird Counting Program. Following an exceptional experience with thousands of them at the Snettisham, I headed east to the Hunstanton Cliffs which area is good for waders at low tide. As expected, there were quite a few Eurasian [...]

Birding for World Shorebirds Day

The Global Shorebird Counting Program of World Shorebirds Day is always a good reason to head out to important (shore)bird areas, like the Snettisham RSPB Reserve. It's not only an Important Bird Area (IBA) but a shorebird site of hemispheric importance. The murmuration of tens of thousands of roosting birds is a true spectacle. I [...]

Photographing Audouin’s Gulls and others: Part Four

After enjoying the Mediterranean Sea and our pool in El Campello, we had a nice cooling time on the Mediterranean coast near El Pinet. The sky was overcast but while Kea played in the sand, I enjoyed photographing the overflying gulls including the local speciality, the Audouin's Gull. Below, I share a series of photos from [...]

Searching for Black Wheatears: Part two

Having had only a restricted time for birdwatching during my first ever holiday with my little daughter, I searched eBird for potential life birds around our apartment. One of them, the Black Wheatear was often reported from the region and we decided to give it a try. We left for a city called Calpe (northeast to Alicante) [...]