I’ve always considered myself a birder with a camera, rather than a bird photographer. What I do is functional, not aesthetic. I’m not particularly gifted in this department, nor am I interested in learning all about camera settings.
But once in a while even an amateur like me makes a decent picture: for the first time one of my shots made it to t...
In many respects autumn was remarkably slow. But November turned everything upside down!
Like in spring (with an Alpine Swift), the girls from De Wulp delivered the highlight of the season (year!).
On 5 November Lizzy sent me a WhatsApp message. She asked if I knew which species was just taken into care. Despite the pics showed a wet and scruffy bird, my pulse raised and I missed a heartbeat or two...
Earlier Iwrote about Siberian Chiffchaffs with common Chiffchaff calls (here). That bird (mostly) looked like a Siberian Chiffchaff, and after analyses it indeed showed Siberian mtDNA - but in the field didn't utter the characteristic
No, it called like a Common Chiffchaff!
Now the following bird, observed on Vlieland on 25 October by Th...
There's a big if - but another big redpoll invasion could be in the making.
The if depends on stuff like weather conditions, and the exact turn the majority of the wandering birds in Europe will take. But it's obvious that at the moment, a higher number of birds than usual is passing through. And they are early!
The thought alone is thrilling - two large invasions in a row would be unprecedented ...
I just spent a lovely week on Sardinia. The recently split Mediterranean Flycatcher (Muscicapa tyrrhenica tyrrhenica) is pleasantly common there.
It seems to occur in a much wider range of habitats than Spotted Fly in NW Europe. From macchia to hill forests and from quiet farmland with scattered trees to village gardens: they seemed to be everywhere below the tree line.
Probable Russian Common Gull, 5 February 2012, Meijendel, Wassenaar, the Netherlands
I don't like using measurements as a diagnostic feature to ID sexes or subspecies. Last week was no exception.
After another mild winter, an unusual late cold spell hit the country early March. Temperatures dropped to minus 8 C, combined with a 7 Bft easterly. At the very end of winter... that's just killing. Litter...
Eastern Black Redstart, 1 cy male, October 2008, Kazakhstan (Arend Wassink)
Redstart articles coming up!
The ID article on Eastern Black Redstart vs. hybrids that I wrote with Nicolas Martinez (check his site for interesting info on redstarts and other stuff) for Dutch Birding is still on the desk of the editors. EDIT June 2018: it has now been published
With the current redpoll invasion in Europe, it was time to spend some words and pics on these wonderful birds.
Redpolls all the way from China
Even though it's already been 12 years since we trapped a Mealy Redpoll with a Chinese ring in Meijendel, I stil cherish that moment! Triggered by a recent control of a Chinese ring in Denmark, I made an overview of all European - Chinese recoveries of Meal...