Sunday, 5 March 2017

COLD

It took almost two weeks to get over the jet lag and get used to the cold and damp,but eventually I had to venture out,and here are a few photos from my few forays  over the last month or so.
STARLING MURMURATION CANTERBURY
KITTIWAKE ADMIRALTY PIER DOVER


YELLOWHAMMER DOVER CLIFFS

STOOPING PEREGRINE FALCON SAMPHIRE HOE-It was chasing a kestrel.

BRAMBLINGS AYLESHAM WOOD


COMMON GULLS PASSING SAMPHIRE HOE

GUILLEMOT in summer plumage Samphire Hoe.

FULMARS ON THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER.









BLACK HEADED GULL IN KEARSNEY ABBEY.
COOTS FEET
PINTAIL OF INDETERMINATE ORIGIN REMAINS IN KEARSNEY ABBEY.

GREY SQUIRREL

POCHARD AT DUNGENESS
TWO LONG EARED OWLS AT DUNGENESS RSPB RESERVE





SHORT EARED OWLS AT SANDWICH BAY




LAST  BUT NOT LEAST A SHAG GETTING ITS CREST ADMIRALTY PIER.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS

Laying about 250 km off the coast of Myanmar{Burma} in the Bay of Bengal the Andaman Islands are part of India.In 2004 the Tsunami claimed at least 2000 lives and many homeless.
We arrived mid afternoon and were met by our new guide and driver and taken to our accommodation WILD GRASS about 25 km from Port Blair the capital.On the way we got to the coast our first sight of the sea on the trip,we soon stopped to look at the Collared Kingfisher,and Pacific Reef Egret.
 COLLARED KINGFISHER

 PACIFIC REEF EGRET


A SECOND COLLARED KINGFISHER.

 WILD GRASS CAMP

THE ACCOMMODATION
That evening we went out looking for endemic AndamanNightjars and Owls which we eventually saw by torchlight.My most vivid memory though is the brightness of the stars without light pollution,absolutely amazing.
A 4 am start today to catch the 5 am ferry to the other side of the island to visit Mount Harriet.
 YELLOW ORANGE TIP
COMMON LEOPARD
 ANDAMAN HAWK MOTH
 CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE
 BLACK NAPED ORIOLE
 BROWN SHRIKE lucionensis

 ANDAMAN POLICEMAN IN CEREMONIAL DRESS.
 STORK BILLED KINGFISHER


 PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER
 LOCAL CRAB
 PURPLE GALLINULE




 RED NECKED STINT
 BRAHIMNY KITE





SUNDA TEAL
 MARSH SANDPIPER

 SYNCHRONISED SKY DIVE WHITE BELLIED SEA EAGLES


 ANDAMAN WATER MONITOR
COMMON PIERROT
 WHITE BELLIED SEA EAGLE

 YELLOW BITTERN
 ANDAMAN BLACK WOODPECKER






 BLACK NAPED ORIOLE
 ANDAMAN DRONGO
VERDANT HANGING PARROT
 THE ULTRA ELUSIVE ANDAMAN CRAKE AT LAST.
 GARFISH
 TEREK SANDPIPER

CRESCENT MOON ON ITS BACK.
 COMMON MYNAS
 LONG TAILED PARAKEET
 WHITE RUMPED ANDAMAN SHARMA

 COLOURFUL LOCAL FISHING BOATS
 COLOURFUL LOCAL WORKER
 GLOSSY STARLING

RED BREASTED PARAKEET
 EINAR ON THE BRIDGE
 EARLY MORNING FERRY
 LOBSTER SHELL

 SHELLFISH ATTACHED TO ROCKS LIKE LIMPETS
 THE SUN IS SETTING ON THE TRIP
 ON THE BEACH
 GOING DOWN
THE END
Thankyou for your patience.