On all 4 days numbers of Yellow Wagtails (peaking at 200) and Wheatear (peaking at 150) were impressive and far better than the odd two or three I see on my local patch!
|Wheatear (it was interesting to note the extreme variation among this species)|
Right now onto some migrants!
A nightingale was present throughout my stay though as always with this species proved very elusive.
Whilst seeing species in the hand is never as good as in the field, it was great to have the opportunity to see the birds up close.
By far my favourite part of the trip was the sea-watching. For photography it was absolutely useless (I really need to go on a pelagic trip!) but for birding it offered two lifers for me and some fairly close views of both.
Balearic Shearwater passage was slow for the first couple of days but by the end of the week was amazing, with 382 counted on my final day (a portland record?). This is a species the IUCN view as 'critically endangered' so to see this number (sometimes in flocks of over 50 birds was really quite remarkable!)....
|Balearic Shearwater (!!)|
It's always nice to find your own birds and on Friday evening, whilst photographing the Balearics I was astonished to find this Long-Tailed Skua flying around offshore. Typically no-one else was around to enjoy this bird!
And finally to finish off some half-decent photographs of two species I have never really photographed well before, the Linnet and Kestrel...
Just a quick thank you to the Portland Bird Observatory for their great hospitality and company, as well as the BTO who funded me for this trip... I will no doubt be returning next year! As always thanks for reading!