It took a bit of searching and for a long while I thought that a bird that flew out of some high weeds before promptly disappearing was going to be my only observation. Luckily I was wrong though. We were treated to a fantastic display by a flock of them! I first discovered one bird and then quickly realised there were many. We had four together and in total at least 8 birds. One in particular gave an amazing performance when it did some sort of cross between a dust bath and a sun bath just metres away. I took around 400 pictures but amazingly none have come out as sharp as I would have expected. I think the problem was purely with exposure as the bird was exposed in bright sharp sunlight with shadow behind and I just didn’t have the camera settings right.
There was precious little else to see with no Yellow Wagtails left and just a handful of Willow Warblers but one Red-backed Shrike and a Redstart are hanging on.
I squeezed in 30 minutes raptor watching in Maridalen and ended up with a single Common and Hone Buzzard thermalling together. Luckily I had the ‘scope with me as without it they would have just been 2 buzzard sp.
|in neutral light (and close up) I was able to get a sharp photo|
|catching a small moth|
|and swallowing it|
|the rufous edges to the tertial and coverts should make this a 1 cy bird and with so much red and blue on the throat a male. Strangely all the birds I saw well were in this plumage|
|dust or sun bathing?|
|how dare you look at me in this state?|
|here it has pulled up its eye lid (for potection?)|
|out in the open|
|Wheatear (steinskvett) left with Bluethroat|
|Three Linnets (tornirisk)|
|a Reed Warbler (rørsanger)|