Monday, 29 November 2010

Marazion Marsh and Hayle Estuary

Went out with my brother Chris on Friday to Hayle Estuary and Marazion Marsh.
The White-fronted Goose was a lifer for Chris although we would have liked closer shots.
We had to work over the week-end so didn't catch up with the Bittern out on the ice at Marazion. (thanks Monty)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Last from Israel

I took this shot of the Moon while waiting to see the rare Hume's Owl, which we saw eventually with a spotlight, too dark for any pictures. Most of the rest were taken by Sue.
We have tried to name these Butterflies but please let us know if any are wrong.

Can anyone name the 2 above? Have searched the web and all our books.

It came as a surprise to find there are a lot of minefields in Israel!! but it was a very safe and well organised trip and we were never in any danger.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Israel Trip

Just got back from a week in Israel. We saw 172 species, with 15 lifers. The company was great, Sue being the only female in a group of 16. It was hard going at times, especially the climb up to see Sinai Rosefinch and it was a lot hotter than expected. It has to be said that the birds were quite often at a distance. Sue's theory is that as there is little cover in the desert, the birds see you coming before you see them. These are some of the birds we saw and over the weekend we will try to post other non-avian images.

This Brown Booby was obviously a long way out, but was a great lifer for us.