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Offman Saturday 3rd August 2019 01:18

Offshore, halfway between Cyprus and Israel
 
Morning folks, thats me back working again, been here 4 days, and all I've seen is two juv YL Gulls, water depth is 1640m. No fish seen either. Looks like this could be a poor trip. Weather steady on 10kts from the West, fingers crossed for some Easterlies.

Offman Saturday 3rd August 2019 23:08

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Got Hoopoe , Grey Wag and this... its a big Warbler

Offman Saturday 3rd August 2019 23:36

I tried to id it to no avail, any help appreciated

Offman Tuesday 6th August 2019 06:25

At least 6 Hoopoe on vessel this morning, that Warbler I reckon was a Savi's

Simon Wates Tuesday 6th August 2019 08:09

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Originally Posted by Offman (Post 3879245)
that Warbler I reckon was a Savi's

Savi's was my thought too but with some doubt.

Offman Wednesday 7th August 2019 00:23

Thanks Simon , it was the eyes and bill that did it for me

Fat Paul Scholes Wednesday 7th August 2019 11:10

How is great reed warbler being ruled out? The apprent paleness of the underparts, long bill, and well marked tertials fit better for this - and it was a 'big warbler'.

Offman Friday 9th August 2019 01:27

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Here's another couple for you.
Steel decks for a habitat, lol

Simon Wates Friday 9th August 2019 06:24

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Originally Posted by Fat Paul Scholes (Post 3879736)
How is great reed warbler being ruled out? The apprent paleness of the underparts, long bill, and well marked tertials fit better for this - and it was a 'big warbler'.

True Paul, and now with the additional photos its more obvious.

Offman Saturday 10th August 2019 06:42

Many Thanks to you both for sorting that id for me.
No real news otherwise, it does appear that we are getting daily arrivals and departures of Hoopoe though.

Simon Wates Saturday 10th August 2019 07:09

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Originally Posted by Offman (Post 3880977)
Many Thanks to you both for sorting that id for me.
No real news otherwise, it does appear that we are getting daily arrivals and departures of Hoopoe though.

The ID is sorted, but thanks to Mark (not Paul as I mistakenly wrote in a hurry) more than me.

Hoopoes are on the move here in the Algarve too, as well as a few warbler species.

Offman Thursday 15th August 2019 07:43

Little Egret was a nice surprise this morning.

Offman Friday 16th August 2019 06:58

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Here we go again, step height is 45mm , dark legs, very feint eye stripe, throat and chest same colour, slightly darker under tail coverts, never saw or got photo of primaries. Answers on a postcard to......

Offman Friday 16th August 2019 07:58

2 juv Golden Oriole, the days improving

Offman Friday 16th August 2019 10:41

Re-found that warbler, lots of tail dipping, therefore, Eastern Olivaceous.......

Offman Sunday 18th August 2019 10:26

Good Afternoon folks, with an increasingly stronger Westerly wind, birds have been arriving, latest additions to list are Willow Warbler, Citrine Wagtail and a Red-backed Shrike.

Offman Sunday 18th August 2019 11:10

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Up on the helideck, thru the window, Samsung S9, c/w Opticron Marine WP 8x25

Offman Sunday 25th August 2019 03:24

Morning Folks, an update for you, work does get in the way, occasionally, bird's been arriving in very small numbers, had a Bittern, circle us twice, then continued South, on the 20th, following day a ring tail Harrier, circled us a few times, then continued, flight pattern suggested Montagues, yesterday a Spotted Flycatcher was a nice surprise.
We should be moving further inshore over the next few days, current position, 32.9N, 033.6E.

Offman Tuesday 27th August 2019 03:51

Had a Squacco Heron, on the 25th, this morning was delighted to see a Nightjar. We seem to have a bit of an arrival overnight, no real change in our weather, still light Westerlys, and very calm seas. Usual warblers and wagtails dotted around the vessel.

Offman Tuesday 27th August 2019 07:30

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Unbelievable, well chuffed, its trying to roost just outside the bridge, we have the sun blinds down, so it cannot see us🙂

Offman Tuesday 27th August 2019 13:48

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After the success of the Nightjar, was speaking to the Captain, he mentioned he had a pic of the Long-eared Owl, seen back in March, when the vessel first arrived on location, turn out it was an Eagle Owl.

PYRTLE Tuesday 27th August 2019 13:53

That is a great record. Where had the vessel sailed from and to ?

Thanks

Richard Prior Tuesday 27th August 2019 13:57

Looks more like a Long-eared than an Eagle Owl IMHO, seems very slim for the latter etc.

Fat Paul Scholes Tuesday 27th August 2019 15:15

That's a long-eared owl

rollingthunder Thursday 29th August 2019 09:34

Nice thread - what sort of boat are you on?

Laurie:t:


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