Friday, 30 January 2015

Marsh Harriers

Juvenile - total Marsh Harriers counted 8,520. Given the complex variations in plumage and the scant knowledge of dark morphs I can only surmise.

2CY Male


Young adult male. A lot of brown in the upperwing but very pale on the underwing.

I presume this to be a juvenile. The gap in the inner primaries and secondaries are perhaps broken feathers and not moult. The primaries all look the same age so can't be a 2CY. Impossible to say whether it will grow up to be a dark morph I guess.

Dark morph male. What a stunner. The broad black trailing edge joins the dark underwing coverts leaving just a narrow grey window in the secondaries.

2CY Female

Juvenile. Broken P10 in right wing.

2CY Male

2CY - Dark morph female? Juvenile P10 and a few juvenile secondaries in both wings.

2CY Male. Juvenile P10, dark trailing edge and new dark fingers visible. I wonder if the dark underwing coverts and body indicate a dark morph?




Pigeons and Doves

Turtle Doves - there are more TD's in this one flock than I have seen in England during the last few years. Good numbers migrated few Batumi but many guns were waiting for them

Stock Doves - small numbers came through often mixed in with Wood Pigeons.

Wood Pigeons - many flocks passing the raptor stations especially in October. A volley of gun shots often followed after a flock had passed.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Honey Buzzards and Black Kites

BK and HB joining a kettle that disappeared into the cloud

7 September - a brilliant day with great variety. Lots of Marsh, Montagu's and Pallid Harriers, Rollers, Ruddy Shelducks, Booted, Short-toed Eagles as well as masses of Black Kites and Honey Buzzards. 

BK and HB disappearing into cloud.

Honey Buzzards streaming south over Station 1

Honey Buzzards

96 Black Stork

Raddes Warbler - caught at Station 2 and the first record for Georgia

Nipple dog eying up her next meal.

October days can be relatively quiet

A Stinkhorn fungus at Station 2.

Moon watching at night revealed a few passerines migrating. The bird in the top left of the moon looks like a Quail.