The Dark Room

Saturday, 18 August 2018

In the net

Just 4 new birds ringed on Tuesday evening after work with Paul H. 2 Great Tit, Willow Warbler and a Blackcap all  Juveniles. However, Saturday morning was much better with 11 new birds ringed and 1 retrap. All Juveniles again, they were Song thrush, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap x 2, Common Whitethroat and Reed Warbler x 7.

 Common Whitethroat

 Lesser Whitethroat

Reed Warbler

Some birds maybe common migrants but to see them up close in detail is just fascinating I'm really enjoying being a T' permit holder.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Four more from Verde

Here's one of the Bar-tailed Larks that showed nicely in the dusty car park whilst we toured around the island on a 4x4 jeep excursion.

Juvenile Kentish Plover 

Male Kentish Plover

Photographing the above Plovers at low level was a real highlight for me- just loved that evening!

Black-winged Stilt

Sunday, 12 August 2018

In the mist

Here are a few images of a recent mist netting session with Paul H. New birds ringed by me were 11 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackbird. We also had two re- trapped Long-tailed Tits which Paul ringed back in January. 

Reed Warbler

Willow Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

More from Cape Verde

In the sand dunes in Cape Verde Black-crowned sparrow-larks were seen regularly throughout our 11 day stay. A flock of 20+ consisting of Juveniles and Adults showed really well most evenings.



Everyday  lago Sparrows were seen around the hotel.



Brown-necked Raven, Hoopoe Lark, Osprey, Whimbrel, Alpine Swift were also seen daily and Brown Bobby were seen most days too. Add in Cape Verde Swift, Alexanders Kestrel and Bar-tailed Lark plus a female Magnificent Frigatebird I got very lucky on our family holiday.

For more info on birding in Cape Verde visit Josh Jone's excellent blog that he wrote back in 2016 when he payed a visit.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Red Kite ringing success

Went ringing Saturday morning with Paul R, Rob and Louise and caught a good number of species before the heat became too much for the birds being processed. Wood Pigeon, Blackcap, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Wren and Green Finches were all scribed in the book. The highlights though were a yellow wing tagged Red Kite ringed by our group at a nest site this summer as a chick was trapped to prove successful fledging.

Our re trapped Red Kite above.

Just like Buses, another Red Kite came in but this young bird was unringed which I was over the moon to be able to ring my first one and Paul added the wing tag- an amazing experience!

Please report any sightings of the above as it's so important to the group-thanks....

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Kentish Plovers in Cape Verde

With over 400 images taken in one session just on the Kentish Plovers in Cape Verde. Here are just a few of my favourites.


Adult Male

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Hoopoe Lark in Cape Verde

Spent 11 days on holiday in Cape Verde on the island of Sal with the family and had an amazing time. Most evenings I would pop out behind our hotel in the sand dunes or around the receding saline pool for the last hour of light before enjoying the delights of the all-inclusive hotel.

The Hoopoe Lark was my favourite bird to see but the hardest to photograph-they don't stop moving/running catching prey. Superb birds.....

Fairly tame but they do keep running  but when the fly Wow! the black and white underwing is so smart.