Sunday, 30 October 2011

Images of the Dipper @ Shipley


These images are of the Dipper suspected to be of the Black-bellied race C.c.cinclus.
The bottom image shows pale tips and fringes on the wing coverts and tertials aging this bird as a first winter. All three images show a brown band below the white chest, though not chestnut, the presence of this band would probably prevent the bird being accepted by a rarities committee. Having viewed several images on the internet of Black-bellied Dippers they show the black belly meeting the white chest. Looking at literature the underparts of a Black-bellied Dipper are uniform dark which the above Dipper clearly doesn't show. Also both British races and the central european race can have a dark brown band below the white chest making the above bird difficult to racially identify.
Thanks to Stephen Lilley for the images.

M Doveston

"The" Dipper @ Shipley - A Tremethick

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This footage was taken on Friday 28th October of the Dipper suspected by some to be of the Black-bellied race C.c.cinclus

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Late Wheatear at Whetstone

A very confiding Northern Wheatear was at Whetstone Gate early this morning (22nd October), also a Red Kite.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

More Kite Flying






The Kites were being very acrobatic- one was playing with a heather branch in the air.

Flying a Kite

4 Red Kites at Whetstone Gate Saturday afternoon
Birdfact!- Kites are called Kites because they fly together in a Kite formation...it's true, a bloke in a pub told me.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

new residents



One of about 200 redwings settling around Staveley Rd. Nabwood.
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