Dec 312017
 
Andaman Islands - 29th November (Day 5)

Today we were up at 03:45 for a 04:15 departure from our hotel in Port Blair with a limited number of endemic birds to see. We headed back to the Government Secondary School in Port Blair to try for Barn Owl of the endemic subspecies deroepstorffi. Arriving just as the sun was rising we waited […]

Jul 192017
 
A gallery of Chobe’s feathers

In this post I have chosen to let the images talk for themselves rather than tell stories. This post is a gallery and hope fully the images are enough. This gallery shows you the wonderful variety of birdlife you can see along the Chobe river. As I have mentioned in earlier posts on this trip, […]

Nov 192016
 
A few herons – Jubail

Whilst birding the Jubail area recently I saw a few interesting herons. Many Grey Herons and Western Great Egrets were flying around but also in amongst them was a single Purple Heron. Numbers of Squacco Heron are also increasing as winter arrives with many juvenile birds. Wader numbers are decreasing but the odd Greater Sand […]

Oct 112016
 
Fall Comes And Goes In The Blink Of An Eye

It was just a couple of weeks ago that summer was coming to an end. I was walking through the fields and you could feel the cooler air pushing in the morning fog. It’s usually around the end of September that Great Egrets start showing up at the rookery where the Great Blue Herons left […]

Jul 262016
 
Harns Marsh Preserve Summer Activity

The water level at Harns Marsh Preserve during a 19 July visit was very high, but did not deter a large number of waders from finding the habitat suitable. Bud Tom Obrock and I made a drive over to the preserve in Lehigh Acres which also hosted a very good number of Purple Gallinule and […]

Jun 242016
 
Sanibel Gardens Preserve

On 12 June 2016, wildlife blogger France Paulsen observed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Sanibel Gardens Preserve just north of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island. Fork-tailed Flycatcher is a rare Code 3 vagrant in the ABA area. The species’ breeding range is in Central and South America. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher […]

Jun 052016
 
Little Estero Lagoon Spring Nesting

For good reason Little Estero Lagoon comes in a close second as a favorite Southwest Florida wildlife venue behind Bunche Beach Preserve. The birds were very accommodating as I continued my walk south toward Carlos Point and back. The Black Scoter was an especially nice find with their behavior “ridiculously tame” as world wildlife photographer […]

Feb 062016
 
Rare and unusual birds seen in Saudi Arabia in second half of 2015

Two new species for Saudi Arabia Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor & Lesser Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica were found together on Malaki Dam Lake 3 September. Eight Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei were in a large field near Jizan 30 June including at least two males, a species that has not been recorded in Saudi Arabia […]

Jul 072015
 
Comeback

Heat and Humidity have resumed their annual one-upmanship contest here in Arch City. Being outdoors mid-day can be unpleasant, so my canine companion and I have been trying to beat them to the starting blocks by heading out for our daily constitutional as early as possible.     Westroll two blocks, past grand Italianate manors […]

Mar 092015
 
Video: Great Egret Chicks

This was shot Feb. 23, 2015 at the Venice Rookery in Venice, Florida. The Great Egret nests all have eggs and this nest has hatchings. The one with the wet hairdo is just hours out of the shell. The movie was shot with a Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 500 lens, and stacked 2x and1.4 teleconverters. […]

Sep 202013
 
Mead Gardens, 9/11/2013

This morning I met a friend of mine at Mead Gardens. We a very nice time there, though there weren’t many birds to speak of there. We saw or heard five species of warbler: Ovenbird, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, and a Black and White Warbler. We also had fun watching a Great Egret […]