News of a Yellowthroat had me heading off to South Wales. Didnt get there till mid morning but managed to catch up with it only a few minutes after arriving. Unfortunately people had been chasing it all around the fields for the past couple of hours continually flushing it so by the time I had arrived it had been decided that everybody had to stand way back in the field. This was clearly a better arrangement but meant photos were distant.
Straight from here down to Devon to connect with the Red-breasted Goose at Exminster. Still havent got the hang of my pocket Canon settings so things here a bit burnt out
Grey Wag in Dawlish car park
Another one of those extremely ropey record shots. Can you see what it is?
Continued south to Cornwall
Eventually managed to track down the rather elusive adult Glauc at Newlyn Harbour
Kittiwake hanging around
Loafing adult GBBG
Here are the best shots I could manage of the female Bufflehead at Helston Loe Pool which remained stubbornly on the opposite side of the lake. Did try and gain access from the other side but access roads were private and didnt have time for a long walk.
Third trip to try and photograph the Hume's today. Although seeing it on the first two visits, never got close to getting a photo. Today's visit started promisingly for a decent photo as I had located it in the camp site after about 10 mins. However as last time it just wouldnt show properly, keeping very low and out of sight. After over 2 hours of chasing it around the light was soon fading, however it did become more active. In the last throws of dusk eventually managed to grab a couple of images. These have been severely lightened from the very dark original shots but you can kind of see what it is
Spot Sand at Fishermans Bank. Clean unmarked tertials, rather broad based fleshy coloured bill and yellowy legs showing well here.
You can see the shorter wing bar here, although the line of pale covert tips could possibly give the impression the bar was continuing further toward the body
This rather more distant shot shows the feature better
Dark markings can be seen here around the vent/lower belly area. I assumed that it was starting to moult into summer plumage but apparently this is normal for a winter plumaged bird. Mind you they are not exactly nice black spots, more like brown mud splashes really
Off to Harbridge for some Swans. This Bewick's seems to be enjoying itself
Now its trying to conduct an orchestra
Whooper rather less active
One of those other ones
Also had a look in at Blashford where Lesser Redpoll and Siskin were also additions to the photographic yearlist