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  1. Vernon Lundy

    Yellow-billed egret (ardea brachyrhynchos)

    I see from my latest species update from HBW that Intermediate egret (ardea intermedius) has been replaced by Yellow-billed Egret (Ardea brachyrhyncha) across sub-Saharan Africa. Can anyone advise if intermediate does not occur in Africa and should be replaced by yellow-billed in my records for...
  2. Vernon Lundy

    Twitching

    Sound advice! I do plenty of patch work at home in mid-Cheshire but always used to enjoy boosting my pathetic British List until my realisation that life is finite and mine rapidly approaching the final day. As you suggest I can see most of the waifs and strays in their breeding or wintering...
  3. Vernon Lundy

    Twitching

    (MY) LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR TWITCHING Having recently spent untold hours looking through gates/peering over hedges/and numbing my buttocks sitting in hides I have come to the conclusion that life's too short for a septuagenarian to waste time 'twitching'. Invariably I have arrived too late or left...
  4. Vernon Lundy

    Law breaking??

    (MY) LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR TWITCHING Having recently spent untold hours looking through gates/peering over hedges/and numbing my butt sitting in hides I have come to the conclusion that life's too short for a septuagenarian to waste time 'twitching'. Invariably I have arrived too late or left too...
  5. Singing Honeyeater

    Singing Honeyeater

  6. White-browed_Treecreeper1

    White-browed_Treecreeper1

  7. Tawny Frogmouth

    Tawny Frogmouth

  8. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

    A very obliging bird.
  9. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    Probably only anecdotal but there seems to be less hirundines and swifts around mid-Cheshire than recent years. Passing a large herd of cattle by Delamere Forest this morning I was struck by the very few martins flying above them. Thinking back the Sand Martin banks at Northwich Woodlands have...
  10. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    Despite prolonged searching of the area around Witton Mill car park and Ashton's mound there was no sign of the bird reported via several visitors. Some compensation was the sighting of 2 Med Gulls and 10 Whimbrel. Of note to local birders was the appearance of 3 Lapwing chicks on Ashton's Flash...
  11. Vernon Lundy

    Nottinghamshire Birding

    Thank-you both for your help.
  12. Vernon Lundy

    Nottinghamshire Birding

    Is anybody able (and/or prepared!) to give an approximate area to look for the Parrot Crossbills on Budby Common? Or, for that matter, where the common is? We are a party of birders travelling from mid-Cheshire on Wednesday next. Thank-you in anticipation
  13. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    6 Whooper Swans over Parkgate this morning. They flew in from the estuary and were first noticed near Heswall, they then flew inland of Pargate towards Neston.
  14. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    The French don't call them Buse Variable (variable buzzard for nothing!):t:
  15. Orange-breasted Falcon

    Orange-breasted Falcon

    Taken on a Mayan Temple, Tikal NP, Guatemala
  16. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    Glad to put you on to the lark - it was my 3rd. visit. It was a lot warmer in the sun than stood by the gate in the shade until late morning. It also helped that the hot-shot XBT Dave found the bird within minutes of arriving. He is a man inspired this year - Long-billed Dowitcher and many rarer...
  17. Vernon Lundy

    Cheshire And Wirral Birding: Hills, Lowland and Coast

    Visiting the site for a second view this morning I had great views of the diver less than 20 m away with the sun over my left shoulder. On a couple of occasions I too thought that there was a line in its mouth but 'scope views showed it to be pond weed. This happened twice more. I hope this...
  18. Black_Guillemot7a

    Black_Guillemot7a

  19. Annalong Black Guillemots

    Annalong Black Guillemots

    Some of the amazing Black Guillemots of Annalong Harbour, Ulster
  20. Vernon Lundy

    Northern Ireland Local Patch

    As a visiting birder I was blown away by the confiding Black Guillemots of Annalong Harbour, Co Down. At least 31 birds allowed me to walk amongst them with others occupying nest-holes on the harbour wall.
  21. Vernon Lundy

    Comment by 'Guest' in media 'Long-crested Eagle'

    Thanks one and all! Urafoc, the image was posted so long ago I had almost forgotten it - but not the moment I captured the shot. It was a privilege to approach such a magnificent bird so closely.
  22. Vernon Lundy

    Oman october-november 2007 photo gallery

    I've looked with interest at your astoundingly good pictures. I hope I can capture a few images approaching you quality when I visit UAE and Oman in Jan. 2008
  23. Vernon Lundy

    Twitchers flock to see rare heron (BBC News)

    Hartford, CHESHIRE - less than 30km from Pennington!
  24. Vernon Lundy

    Delamere Forest and Macclesfield Forest

    I forgot to add that car-parking is free at the car-park along the 'switch-back', Mouldsworth road from Hatchmere and there are plenty of lay-bys along the same road which is more central for a wandering birder.
  25. Vernon Lundy

    Delamere Forest and Macclesfield Forest

    Wintering flocks of Crossbill and Siskin occur all over Delamere Forest, I even saw a Crossbill with wing-bars drinking fron a hole in a branch at the west end close to Fox Howl School. This spot incidentally is a May hotspot for Redstart and Pied Flycatcher. Unfortunately I (please note the...
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