Sunday, 21 September 2008

Local birding: Brockholes Wetland LWT - 21st Sept 2008.

A truly memorable afternoon on the local patch with the best Hobby I have ever seen, a superb, stunning juvenile present for the fourth day and showing down to four metres at times as it specifically targeted Common Darters flying in tandem. This was followed by truly stunning views of the Hobby perched in Boilton Wood........... What a great bird!

Tony Disley obtained the images below through the scope:

Whilst watching the Hobby a large Raptor gave tantalising views low to the north of Boilton Wood, just above the treeline then dropped out of site prompting some speculation as to the species. Very shortly it reappeared, gaining height, and was quickly identified as a juv Honey Buzzard. The bird headed south at 14:30 over Boilton Wood and over the site on a north-south heading.

Montage below by Tony Disley:

Against the grey sky, brief scope views before reaching for the camera suggested a dark morph juv, but lightening in photoshop shows the bird was more mottled beneath.

Off the top of my head, this latest bird, hot on the heels of a dark morph bird yesterday, represents the 14th site record 2000-2008! - A truly amazing statistic! - The site has been underwatched this past week, surely these are not the only two birds to have passed through?