Friday, 30 November 2012

Non-hummers

A few images from the recent trip to St Lucia. Birding was restricted to the lush resort grounds, limited by the temptation to relax in the heat!

A frustrating trip with regards to the endemic St Lucia Warbler - not taking a flash-gun prevented any decent images as the species stuck to shade - but was extremely confiding...

Of the 3 hummingbird species seen, two were photographed - they'll appear in another post.


Mangrove Cuckoo - easier to find in St Lucia than Florida!

Carib Grackle

Zenaida Dove

Spotted Sandpiper - obliging as they are...

St Lucia Warbler - a stunning species

As if to tease... St Lucia Warbler above my head in the dark...

Green Heron - immature taking a lizard sp.

Lesser Antillian Bullfinch

Little Blue Heron - feeding at sunset below our bungalow

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Boobies and the like

First full day on a relaxing break in St Lucia. Little to report birdwise with sub 20 species so far (though 6 are new, so a good percentage!)

It'll be slow pace birding in the heat, with the resort becoming the patch for a few days...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Round the doors

12 waxwing over the house justified the energy spent washing the car this morning.

Afternoon was spent on the bike - West Hartford providing 1 stonechat, 1 short-eared owl and a brute of a female sparrowhawk - first bringing 8 waxwing to my attention, then later lifting a snipe and mobbing the SEO! Raptor numbers were increased with 2+ kestrel and a distant buzzard.

At the Horton Burn 1grey wagtail and a single kingfisher ended the avian and cycling activities.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Winter Surprise!


A couple of quick snapshots of the amazing Seaburn Bee-eater... stalled to travel down for this as I didn't quite believe that there could be a bee-eater in November - so these pictures were taken mid afternoon as the sun was starting to dip... bit pushed for time this afternoon, so will have a better trawl through the images later in the weekend.