2 May 2013

Close encounter with a Hobby

Lots of summer migrants at the patch today including 1 Common Tern E, 1 Cuckoo, 5 (2m, 3f) Northern Wheatear around the anthills, 1+ Lesser Whitethroat around the hawthorns, 2 Barn Swallow, 1 Northern Lapwing briefly around the anthills, and 1 Kingfisher along the Colne. The highlight was by far the very best views of a Hobby that I've ever had - a bird watched for about an hour down to 8 m resting on the anthills.

Adult Hobby resting on a Yellow Meadow Ant anthill


Check out the pinkish-buff patches on the nape


Yawn

Dozing off. Check out the yellow eye-lid

Coughing up a pellet

On Stanwell Moor the Grasshopper Warbler was heard several times but frustratingly remained out of view, and 1 Cuckoo (same as earlier on Staines Moor?), 2+ Garden Warbler, 1(H) Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Red Kite N, 1 Common Buzzard, a pair of Gadwall, 2 Shelduck E, 1 Egyptian Goose W, 2 House Martin, 3 Barn Swallow and a Sparrowhawk were noted.

Butterflies seen include several Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus on Staines Moor and 2 Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria on Stanwell Moor.

Male Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus

5 comments:

  1. Cracking shots Dinger of a tricky species to photograph, you git!

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  2. Your killing me with those Hobby photos, you really are, made me feel home sick! one of the highlights of an English spring day. Probably the best photos I have ever seen of that species. Truly jealous!

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    1. Coming from somebody who has spent so many hours in the field studying these birds, that is very high praise indeed! It was an encounter I'll never forget.

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  3. Worthy of being published in Forsman! Truly amazing.

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