Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yellow-crowned Night Heron drawing

A pencil drawing from the weekend of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea). This was based on a photograph taken in the mangroves of Cudjoe Key, Florida where it was hunting crabs as I paddled past on a kayak. More at www.fssbirding.org.uk/sketches.htm








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Friday, March 13, 2015

Blackbird (and Jack)

Here is a 10 minutes recording of an urban Blackbird (Turdus merula) singing from an internal garden courtyard, with four walls on either side enhancing the reverberations (plus some background contributions from my 8-week old son). Recorded at 05:35, 10 March 2015.
 

Monday, March 09, 2015

Red Kite drawing

Well, birding activity has been low since the turn of the year due to the arrival of a new hatchling in the family. This weekend I found some hours to do my first drawing in a long time, a Red Kite (Milvus milvus). March is typically the start of the peak period for this species in London (wanderers from mainland Europe?) and in fact two birds were reported over Hampstead Heath yesterday.





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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grey Herons in low winter sun

Grey Herons seem to exhibit an endless amount of poses which makes them an inexhaustible subject. I've been photographing these birds since 2005 but it now seems more difficult to obtain something new and different.


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Starling Murmurations

November did not have many sunny days, but the early December weekends have had some nice sunsets. I went to visit a Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) roost to photograph the murmurations. The birds arrived in some reasonable numbers quite late in the day and flew around for just 14 minutes before settling in for the night.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summerland Key, Late Fall

Early November I was back in the Florida Keys on field work, kayaking around the mangroves of Summerland Key.

I've uploaded a trip report here:

www.fssbirding.org.uk/floridatrip2014nov.htm

Highlights included my first Würdemann's Heron, lots of herons and egrets including Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron and Little Blue Heron; raptors including Broad-winged Hawk and Short-tailed Hawk; and migrant passerines such as Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Indigo Bunting, and Painted Bunting.