TonyQ

TonyQ Big Year 2017 (A second attempt)

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A duplicate - Marsh Tit

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also at Leighton Moss, Lancashire     06.06.2017

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(UK.154). Wood Sandpiper  Tringa glareola

(Already posted in Mallorca)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

It is interesting how small it is compared to the Lapwing in the background

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194. (UK.155).  Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis

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Montrose Basin, Scotland       17.02.2017

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Montrose Basin, Scotland       17.02.2017

 

I have been hoping for better photos, but have only had glimpses since. These were taken in February from the visitor centre at Montrose basin. We had just bought a cup of coffee and saw this (and took the photos) through the glass window.

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195. (UK.156). Arctic Tern  Sterna paradisaea     

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      01.05.2017

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      01.05.2017

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196. (UK.157). Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus   

(New Bird)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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(smaller bird on left) Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

A few times in the past we have wondered if we had seen a Whimbrel, but have not been sure - they look quite similar to Curlews in the books. This third picture shows how different they are in real life, the Whimbrel is so much smaller, and the stripe on the head is very distinct. (This confirms that the birds we saw in the past were Curlews!)

 

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197. (UK.158). Hobby  Falco subbuteo     

(New bird)

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           04.08.2017

It was also fascinating to watch it hunting

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

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With dragonfly, Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

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Eating in flight, Upton Warren, Worcestershire           08.07.2017

So having spent a life time without seeing one, we were thrilled to see our first one, and learned about its behaviour. We were also delighted to see it again about a month later at the same part of Upton Warren.

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I thought it was about time I posted a few more birds. None from the UK (yet, he says hopefully), but we went to Southern Portugal for a week at the end of September and  had a number of enjoyable sightings. We stayed at Olhao for 4 nights and Sagres for 3 nights.

 

198. (P1). White Stork  Ciconia ciconia 

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Olhao  22.09.2017

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Olhao  22.09.2017

 

 

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199. (P2). Black Stork   Ciconia nigra

(New Bird)

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Sagres 27.09.2017

 

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Sagres 27.09.2017

 

Quite high up! A number of birds migrate across the Sagres area on their way towards Africa.

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200. (P3).  Common Hoopoe  Upupa epops  

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Lagoa de São Lourenço          23.09.2017(this one was on a golf course)

 

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Alvor    28.09.2017

 

A favourite that we were very pleased to see.

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201. (P4). Glossy Ibis   Plegadis falcinellus   

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Olhao  24.09.2017

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202. (P5). Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis

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Olhao  24.09.2017 

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Rio Formosa   24.09.2017

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203. (P6). Eurasian Spoonbill   Platalea leucorodia  

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Rio Formosa   24.09.2017

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204. (P7). Iberian Azure-winged Magpie  Cyanopica cooki  

(New Bird)

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Ludo    23.09.2017

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Lagoa de São Lourenço          23.09.2017

 

Another bird we were particularly keen to see. As well as being beautiful, it is particularly interesting. The only other Azure-Winged Magpies live in the far east of Asia. The theory was that those in Portugal must have been brought back by sailors who had visited Asia. However, some bones were found in a cave in Gibralter which were about 40, 000 years old. Since then, genetic analysis has shown that the two populations separated about 1 millions years ago. They are now seen as two distinct species.

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Congratulations on #200, Tony, that is a great number for Europe. Very pleased you chose a Hoopoe for the milestone post. 

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Well done on 200

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Congratulations on 200 up. Quite an achievement for Europe and it shows what can be done.

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Congratulations Tony! Great photos too!

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Good job on reaching #200, and a beautiful bird for that occasion! Now go get the #300 :).

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@TonyQ - congratulations on breaking 200. Top notch photographer as always - the Sandwich Tern is particularly impressive. :D

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205. (P8). Black-headed Weaver  Ploceus melanocephalus 

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Lagoa de São Lourenço          23.09.2017 

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Lagoa de São Lourenço          23.09.2017

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Lagoa de São Lourenço          23.09.2017

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Vilamoura        24.09.2017

Although originally from Africa, large numbers of these birds now live in Portugal

 

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The last bird was in thick foliage above a stream - we had a lot of fun trying to catch a shot in the few seconds it moved into a more open patch. As we turned away for a moment we saw this crossing the track...

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We only saw it for a couple of seconds, initially I thought "Otter", but I think it is a Mink, presumable escaped or released from a fur farm. (My skill has developed over the last 2 years so I do know it is not a bird:))

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206. (P9). Greater Flamingo  Phoenicopterus roseus

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Olhao  22.09.2017

When we arrived at our apartment in Olhao, it was dark. When I went to make a cup of tea next morning, this was the view from our balcony (at 400mm). There are a series of saltpans which provided great viewing.

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Olhao  22.09.2017

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Juvenile, Olhao  22.09.2017

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Olhao  22.09.2017

 

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Olhao  22.09.2017

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Olhao  22.09.2017

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Olhao  22.09.2017

 

Although all of these flamingos were photographed in the same place, we actually saw them in many places during the trip.

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207. (P10). Red Knot  Calidris canutus          

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Quinta de Marim, Olhao          22.09.2017     

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208. (P11). Caspian Tern  Hydroprogne caspia        

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Lagoa dos Salgados   25.09.2017

(Distant and with heat haze!)

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