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 [...]

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 [...]