Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sicily - more Red-footed Falcons

A small flock of 4 males and a female, probably forced down by the low temperature in combination with the strong winds. They were hunting for insects along a reed bed and sitting on the ground. Brilliant birds!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sicily

The birding highlight of a non-birding holiday:-)
Messina was calm, the chicken was only heard but a small flock of these stunning falcons gave a nice show. I will add more soon.
adult male Red-footed Falcon, Trapani salt pans



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Brown Shrike - Den Helder

A long-stayer; it is in urban/park area for several weeks now. The first addition to my Dutch list since long time (the Lauwersoog Chretzschmar's Bunting might actually be the previous)
feeding on the ground for insects and worms

and another image of wednesday's Iceland Gull

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Winter has not ended yet; another Iceland Gull

A short late afternoon trip today, and I decided to bike on the beach in search of gulls. And succeeded! This boldly patterned 1st-winter was at Scheveningen and Meijendel during January and as far as I know has not been seen for several weeks now. Today it was at Heemskerk, and it is a beauty!
first-winter Iceland Gull - the primary pattern is exactly the same as the remarkable Scheveningen bird in January.

These are my first pictures with the D500 (that replaced a D3). I am very pleased with the autofocus accuracy and image quality (moderate crop on ISO1000, JPEG).

Friday, February 3, 2017

Another Iceland

Again a beautiful first-winter at Wijk aan Zee - Noordpier, a different one than 2 weeks ago (note the patterned primaries). Last week I saw a 2nd-winter at close range here but no camera..



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Iceland Gull

one of the many that invaded the Netherlands last week @Wijk aan Zee
the recent storm resulted in millions of shells and starfish on the beach. many 1000's of large gulls have gathered in a huge feeding frenzy
same bird (a first-winter)