The Dark Room

Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Long and Shore of it

After birding the valley and Rainham Marshes for the last few months it was nice to go somewhere else for a change. So along with Russell Sheriff we made our way to Kent and started off at Recuvler, as we walked past the towers about 200m a Lapland Bunting  flew up calling and landed on the sea wall then dropped down on the beach again. With the camera still in the bag I was lucky to get a record shot of it as it quicky moved on.

1w Lapland Bunting

A bit further down from the towers the 2 Shore Larks were feeding on the shingle and showed really well in the strong wind on Wednesday morning. Cracking birds!

And just like the Lap Bunt the larks moved on further down the beach and so did we for a quick cup of tea in the nearby cafe. Next we drove to Oare Marshes for the Long-billed Dowitcher which showed well from the roadside which was my second one here for the site having seen one a few years ago.

1w Long-billed Dowitcher

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Bearded Tits

I was out looking for Ring Ouzel this morning near the stone barges end of Rainham Marshes but I could only kick up a single Wheatear. On the reserve 11 Bearded tits near the dragonfly pools were on the move but this male paused for a few moments between the reeds.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Turtle Dove

A short weeks break in Ibiza staying at the resort Santa Eulalia del Rio produced Audouin's Gull, Sardinian Warbler, Serin, Spotted Flycatcher and Turtle Dove all from the hotel gardens. With up to six Turtle Dove seen daily and probably the best views I've had of this normally shy small dove, here are some images below.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Gaps in the ice

Like I said in the last few blog posts about Iceland I did take a lot of images but still there were some gaps in the short trip. Raven, Redwing, Glaucous Gull, Redpoll were all seen but either to far away or just down to myself not getting a clear view/not good enough or like the Red-breasted Merganser that Jono suppressed while I was photographing something else I had some gaps from the trip but more than happy with the images that I did get .

Here are some more of them...


Arctic Tern


Arctic Skua

Red-throated Diver

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Waders in Iceland

With so many images taken on our recent trip to Iceland here are some more of the waders seen in probably my favourite birding break to date. Many thanks to Jono for sorting out the logistics. It really was amazing place to visit!




Red-necked Phalarope

Golden Plover

Black-tailed Godwit


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Harlequin Duck in Iceland (part 4)

We only counted three Harlequin Ducks all weekend but boy are those males smart, stunning and a tick for me to. This pair were on a fast flowing river with the sunlight behind them making hard to get the right exposure, add to the fact both birds were very wary of us and the afternoon light was harsh for photography, so we just sat there with our bins glued to our eyes......

With only these two images to show I just might just have to go back and have another crack at them one day.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Common Snipe in Iceland (part 3)

There was plenty of Snipe seen in Iceland on posts,diplaying and making that lovely 'drumming sound' they do with their tail feathers even up till mid-night Jono and I enjoyed all these below  from our hire car window which was our mobile hide for the all to short bank holiday weekend.