Sunday, 26 December 2010
2010 - Review January - June
2010 has been an awfully quick year - here are a few of my highlights...
Above - African Penguins at Simonstown, South Africa during out New Year holiday to the Western Cape
Below - A UK tick - black-throated thrush, Newholm, North Yorkshire, January
February saw a visit to Cleveland for a very obliging ring-necked duck ~ the best and most close views I've had of the species in the UK. A great bacon sandwich was has had courtesy of CB afterwards!
March saw the arrival of a common crane at Eshott ~ a vocal bird and not popular with the territorial lapwing!
April was a month of wagtails - the possible black-headed at Cresswell was a stunner... even in the rain!
May was a busy month - the first week was spent abroad, with visits to Dubai and Mauritius.
The red-wattled lapwing was in Safa Park, Dubai - a park that had playing fields covered in hoopoe!
Mauritius was limited species-wise, we saw some really great birds ~ echo parakeet, Mauritius olive white-eye, white-tailed tropicbird.... but the enigmatic pink pigeon will never be forgotten...
May also saw the first of 10 planned annual birding weekends with the birders of my youth - Mark, John and Rob. 2010 saw us on Mull and Iona where corncrake was bird of the trip!
May produced another UK tick for me - oriental pratincole at Frampton Marsh. I saw this delightful bird with Phil on a sunny day-trip.
June was quieter than hoped-for, but a singing marsh warbler was nice...
The rest of 2010 will feature in the next post!