Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Patch

In preparation for a new patch year-list starting tomorrow, here are a few pics showing a few of the choice areas on my patch and the patch boundaries - even though it's quite a small patch, it's surrounded by plenty of sea, which is always good for boosting the tally.
The patch boundary
The main areas on the patch - the area that is missing off the map is mainly just rocks and also Horse Island

Sunday, 27 December 2015

17 Year Grip Back

After dipping a Mourning Dove on the Hebs in 1999, managed to jam in on the one currently in Lerwick today.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015


A few pics from last night's aurora, it wasn't really up to much here in south Mainland, but visible enough between cloudy spells.

And a couple more from 8th October...

Sunday, 13 December 2015


Just sat at home having a lazy Sunday afternoon, when this Peregrine whacks a Lapwing out of the sky right outside the living room window.

Saturday, 5 December 2015


Having been away south for a week, I thought I may as well get something out of the autumn, so headed off to Scalloway for the Oriental Turtle Dove - no effort required as it was perched up in a spruce tree about 5 feet away at head height. Apart from doing not very much in the tree, it did have a brief jaunt down for a quick drink, before heading back up into the tree to sit around again.

Thursday, 8 October 2015


So after 2 days of south-easterly gales and loads of rain, how come there are so few birds about? All that was at Scatness was a load of Redwing and Song Thrushes, a few Blackcaps, a flock of Barnacle Geese and a Kestrel.
Barnacle Geese


Friday, 28 August 2015


A few of the waders from Moast Beach.
Bar-tailed Godwit
Lots of Knot

Thursday, 27 August 2015


Icterine Warbler in the garden today

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ketchapuri Lake

Last day in the field before heading back to the UK, so a quick visit to  Ketchapuri Lake about 15 miles away from Yuksom. 2 Vivid Niltava, 3 Black-throated Sunbird, 1 Himalayan Blue Flycatcher, 1 Large Niltava, 2 Oriental Turtle Doves, 2 Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, 2 Chestnut-crowned Warbler, 2 Grey Treepie, 1 Eastern Black Redstart and a Stripe-breasted Woodpecker.
Black-throated Sunbird
Large Niltava
Stripe-breasted Woodpecker
Eastern Black Redstart

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Yuksom Day Four

Another day on the forest trail out of Yuksom - 2 Great Barbet, 2 Oriental Turtle Dove, 6 Spot-winged Grosbeak, 1 White-capped Water Redstart, 2 Little Pied Flycatcher, 1 Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, 2 Small Niltava, 1 Black-capped Monarch, 1 Himalayan Bulbul, 7 Verditer Flycatcher, 2 Mountain Tailorbird, 1 Pygmy Wren-babbler, 2 Black-throated Sunbird, 1 Golden Spectacled Warbler, 1 Slaty-blue Flycatcher, 2 Broad-billed Warblers, 2 Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, 4 Oriental White-eye, 6 Short-billed Minivet, 1 Asian Barred Owlet, 1 Large Niltava, 1 Blyth's Leaf Warbler, 1 Long-tailed Thrush, 1 Black Eagle and 4 Robin Accentor - not a bad day, after 13 hours in the field.
Blyth's Leaf Warbler
Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Little Pied Flycatcher
Blue-tailed Jester
Common Leopard

Monday, 23 March 2015

Yuksom Day Three

Another day around Yuksom - highlights were 1 Hill Blue Flycatcher, 2 Red-flanked Bluetail, 1 Large Niltava, 2 Small Niltava, 1 Golden-spectacled Warbler, 2 Blue-winged Minla, 10 Chestnut-tailed Minla, 2 Red-tailed Minla, 4 Olive-backed Pipit, 5 Oriental Turtle Dove, 6 Red-billed Leiotherix, 6 Verditer Flycatcher, 1 Siberian Stonechat, 1 Little Pied Flycatcher, 2 White-crowned Water Redstart, 2 Nepal Fulvetta and most stunning of all - a tricolor Long-tailed Shrike.
Chestnut-tailed Minla
Little Pied Flycatcher
'tricolor' Long-tailed Shrike
Red-billed Leiotherix
Red-flanked Bluetail
Small Niltava
Siberian Stonechat