Bird diversity on dung-heaps

After seeing the Eastern Yellow Wagtail on a dung-heap in Norfolk, I visited two of the local dung depot around Milton Keynes. I know about two dung-heaps near Leckhampstead, Buckinghamshire and both proved to be a survival spot for wintering songbirds. Steaming live-stock dung deposit on a harvested crop-field. © Gyorgy Szimuly The heat, this [...]

New Year, New Paragraph… Old Traditions

So we kicked off a new year and a new decade with the traditional 'First Day of the Year Birding' with mixed emotions and a little bit of confusion. What this new decade will bring, we will only know in 10 years time? Anyway, birding never disappoints in distracting my disturbed mind and giving it [...]

The Red-eyed Vireo dip

Just after I left Spurn two weeks ago, another incredible American rarity turned up in the nearby Easington village on 12 October. It was one of the multiple Red-eyed Vireos in Great Britain this autumn. The Sporn Red-eyed Vireo was well seen by many birders while stayed in Easington. This photo was kindly offered by [...]

Flitting flutters: a landfall of Yellow-browed Warblers

Many of my birding friends have been saying the very same phrase: "Spurn never disappoints!" Following my second ever visit to Spurn, I cannot agree more with this. The unique coastal habitat complex with a stunning geographic feature makes the Spurn National Nature Reserve one of the most exciting migration watching destinations Western Palearctic. Together [...]

Biggest surprises at the British BirdFair

I have been attending the British BirdFair for many years now but I have never experienced such a strong competition in the optics market like this year. Today I spent the whole morning in the optics marquee to explore great quality binoculars and the surprise wasn't all about the big brands like Zeiss, Swarovski or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]