June 13th, 2012, 05:15 PM
The last image is very similar to the one I posted yesterday which Paul IDed as a Black Kite
as I indicated there are quite a few C Buzzards out here ..... so anything goes ......... the problems is that they soar so high and I suppose that when I'm looking at them through my bins it may be easy not to see one or two others around which come into view once I have grabbed my DSLR ......... it is only after I get them onto my Mac that I can have a good close up look at the silhouette
The last image as taken
June 13th, 2012, 05:28 PM
That just shouts Black Kite, the overall wing length, the shape of the rear edge of the wing with that deep notch before the inner wing (secondaries) begin. I've seen large numbers during my time in the Middle East. To me they have a very shambolic looking flight with the wings held slightly forward and often slightly drooping. As well as Common Buzzard I'd like to bet you have Honey Buzzard where you live as well.
June 13th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Thanks again Barrie - I've just looked again the 4th image, the Black Kite was taken 4 mins after the third image
Honey Buzzard - surely I cannot add it to my list, (well over 80 this year so far), until I get a better image - but they are flying very high and I cannot figure out were they are landing
Black Kite - are they usually around in pairs or 3's or 4's
will get out again tomorrow - they will be around and 95% of what I see is just from my back garden - I did not realise how lucky we are being where we are
Last edited by BillN; June 13th, 2012 at 05:35 PM.
June 14th, 2012, 03:03 PM
one from this evening - power wires across the back garden
it just seemed too big for a Cirl - almost the size of a small Blackbird
Last edited by BillN; June 14th, 2012 at 03:06 PM.
June 14th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Female Cirl Bunting.
June 14th, 2012, 03:30 PM
are you going for membership of the French equivalent of UK400?
Originally Posted by BillN
My photostream at Flickr.com is here
"We can not shake the illusion of the truthfulness of photography" - William Gedney
June 14th, 2012, 03:40 PM
I'm new to the hobby - so it's the first time I've seen that Paul - but 400 must be impossible in one area .......
Originally Posted by pdh
Thanks Barrie .......... first one I've seen for a few months, (only the second this year)
June 16th, 2012, 10:14 AM
ID confirm please
I was surrounded by Chiffchaff calls, (I suppose it's "song"), - could not see any of the birds, apart from the following which came into view
Last edited by BillN; June 16th, 2012 at 10:22 AM.
June 16th, 2012, 10:27 AM
Confirmation of your ID, a Spotted Flycatcher. If your Chiffchaff's were going chiff chaff, then it's their song, if they were going "huett" then it's their call.
June 16th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Originally Posted by grebeman
The Chiffchaffs were going chiff chaff, chiff chaff, endlessly ............ I like the little birds but their some can get a little irritating ....... they were in a group of large quite dense french oak trees nearby ........... this time of year some birds just hide behind leaves ......... it is very hot today .......... but I'm off out in a few minutes to try to see them from a different approach.
Glad it's a Flycathcher ......... they are very handsome little birds ......... and it's another "first" for me
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