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  1. Bluethroat

    Bluethroat

    Bluethroat
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    Mrs Kingfisher catches the last rays of the setting sun.
  3. Mark Etheridge

    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    No, it was based on a version of this photo which I might have overcooked during post-processing to make it clearer. He has now seen the original unprocessed shot and is now leaning towards female Fudge...:)
  4. Mark Etheridge

    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    On bill shape and underparts too light - this is from a birder whose opinion I highly respect.
  5. Mark Etheridge

    Which Duck? - Clot de Galvany Reserve, Alicante Spain

    I tentatively identified this bird as a Ferruginous Duck, but other birders have disagreed with my diagnosis. Is it some sort of hybrid bird? Fudge Ducks are not unknown at this site. (Taken at long distance 30/09/2021)
  6. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    As far as I am aware (reading reports from resident birders), yes they are! Also the Azure-winged Magpies are still there.
  7. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Glad you found them! At this time of the year, it might well have been 2 adults and their offspring?
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    Common Whitethroat
  9. Mark Etheridge

    500PF Discontinued?

    It was a random posting on Facebook by some chap who received a message from someone at Nikon UK; the consensus is that the Nikon person was referring to the older 500mm F4 in saying it was discontinued. Just shows how easily rumours can be generated by social meeja without any foundation...
  10. Mark Etheridge

    Wild in Aberdeen - City and Shire

    A Hoopoe has turned up at Pittodrie Stadium, home of Aberdeen FC. It has been rooting around for at least three days on the verges of the players' car park, which is private land, and so far the assembled throngs have kept their distance so the bird is relatively undisturbed, although distant...
  11. Osprey

    Osprey

    White/black VE is a male Osprey originally ringed at a nest in Angus on 26/6/2007. It was first identified on the Ythan Estuary on 20/9/2009 and has been seen regularly ever since. It is thought to be a local breeder.
  12. Mark Etheridge

    Bee ID Please? (UK)

    This bee was on lavender in my garden in Dyce, Aberdeenshire today. I've not seen one this colour before, although they are phone grabs the colouration is fairly accurate. Smaller than the usual garden bees we see here (about 1/2 the size of our largest bees). All shots of the same insect...
  13. Mark Etheridge

    Short-toed Larks - Greater vs Lesser (Europe)

    Superb John, thank you very much...:t:
  14. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm afraid getting around the Yecla steppe area is a bit of a non-starter without a car - you could certainly get to Yecla itself by public transport but the 'interesting' area starts about 5kms to the north of the town and extends for some distance. The area is criss-crossed by minor roads and...
  15. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Just outside the Alicante area (about an hour away along the Madrid motorway), the Yecla steppe area is very good for Golden Eagles, usually see at least one soaring over the surrounding mountains, and the whole area is excellent for birds generally. You ought to examine every eagle you see...
  16. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    He certainly is, Paul, and I'm now 1700 miles away! :C
  17. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Some final notes before I go home this weekend! The 'Dry Hide' at the Clot de Galvany reserve is once again a reliable-ish site for Wryneck, birds seen on three out of five visits this week, also at least two Kingfishers seen on each visit. Although the flooded field along Camino del Hondo is...
  18. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Went along to the flooded area this afternoon, and unfortunately it has now dried out - the only birds present were a few Cattle Egrets. One very noticeable aspect of this autumn's birding in the area is the high number of Kingfishers around the El Hondo area, also in the Clot de Galvany. Even...
  19. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    I'm back in the area for a 1 month visit and getting some good birding done. Bafty sent me a PM asking for details on the Temmincks Stint I have reported elsewhere, thought I'd share it with anyone here who may be planning a visit to Alicante in the near future. Some of you will be aware that...
  20. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Hi Karl The visitor centre at El Hondo is a must see. I have attached a map with the rough directions from the centre of Catral, the nearest town. From Catral, go north to the roundabout at the end of the main street, and bear right towards the village of San Felip Neri. Continue through the...
  21. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Hi Simon Hope this is visible to you! The Rollers are still around the old football pitch as advertised, but my map shows an area south of El Hondo just north of La Marina which you can access from the main N332 road. Take the CV853 towards Elche, just before the sharp right hand bend shown...
  22. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Some details for birders seeking Trumpeter Finch in Alicante province! These birds are notoriously elusive in this area, but they are around. In early spring, a wanderer was seen and photographed near La Marina on the coast south of Alicante in farmland, but despite further searches it wasn't...
  23. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Sorry for the delay in replying Bill, hope I'm not too late! Looking at Google maps, it is quite some distance from Baza, it is between Alhama de Murcia and Cartagena off the main RM23 road. If you require more details, let me know!
  24. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Just a heads up for people doing research on the area - it has been reported elsewhere that the Guadalentin Valley site is no longer worth visiting due to the increased amount of agricultural development going on. I beg to differ! On a trip yesterday three of us found Montagu's Harrier...
  25. Mark Etheridge

    Birding in Alicante Province

    Yes Karl, you park within sight of the viewing platforms, the area is quiet on weekdays (apart from all the Tonn-watchers!). It's off the beaten track from where the car thieves operate, you'd be incredibly unlucky to have any problems there. Good luck, I see from the latest satellite tracks...
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