Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cattle Egret - at last!

Cattle Egret with Lapwings, Nene Washes, 21 Sept 10
© Steve Dudley

At last! Not just third time lucky for this individual, but a long over due PBC tick for me! First there was the infamous bird race day Lesser Black-backed Gull. And then came the the 2008 bird found by Brian Stone around Elton. I dipped this bird, but what really hurt was reading in the Cambs 2008 bird report that the great suppressors Andy Frost and Richard Jones excelled themselves in keeping its presence secret at Caldecote for a week. Ah well. All good things come to those who wait!

Common Cranes, Nene Washes, 21 Sept 10 © Steve Dudley

These three Common Cranes were a bonus. They bred on the washes this year and here is the single young with the two adults.

Lesvos (again!)

Violet Dropwing, Achladeri Forest, Lesvos. 16 Sept 10 © Steve Dudley

Just back from Lesvos. I'll try and post a wee report and some more photos later. This dragonfly taken with my new Canon 7D with a loaned Canon 400mm f5.6 telephoto lens.