Category Archives: Wildfowl

Baikal Teal – First for Gambell

Alaska, 31st August 2013 Paul Lehman has just taken up his annual 5 week visit to the NW extremity of the North American recording area. He sent this message through earlier this morning: “…guess what I photo’d today (31st August) … Continue reading

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Baer’s on the brink

Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri) hit the mainstream birding headlines in Europe when British birder, Alan Lewis, famously ‘twitched’ one in Japan in February 2012.  The fact that Alan was prepared to fly half way around the world to see a … Continue reading

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Baikal Teal at Flamborough. Further thoughts.

Aging and gaps in the wing by Martin G. It stayed for one day only and left with the same 2 female Eurasian Wigeon that it arrived with. By way of follow-up here are some comments on: why it’s most likely a 2nd calendar year (1st winter/summer) male … Continue reading

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Baikal Teal – BOOM!

Flamborough 15th April 2013 Well done Brett Richards. He rang from the seawatch spot having seen a funny duck with 2 Wigeon fly into towards Selwick’s Bay. Not fully resolved on the ID, not sure what had been seen on such brief view but he … Continue reading

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King Eider Harbour

Båtsfjord: the King’s Harbour Twice I have donned brightly coloured Arctic jumpsuits and headed out in a zodiac from a base in Båtsfjord Harbour on the exposed northern fringe of Varanger, Arctic Norway. Both represent unique Arctic experiences. The first was the ‘Blue Fulmar Pelagic’ in May 2011. The … Continue reading

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Black Brant Hybrids

in Norfolk by James McCallum (all photos by Martin Garner) Adult Black Brant X Dark-bellied Brent, Holkham, February 2013 Some of my earliest memories of growing up on the north Norfolk coast are of flocks of Brent Geese and their … Continue reading

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Is this a Whistling Swan?

By Terry China doesn’t yet have a rarities committee.  That will come as birding becomes more popular.  And so, for the time being, there is no formal way to assess reports of unusual birds.  I am therefore inviting readers of … Continue reading

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15 Days, 150 Moments in 7 Minutes

Pushing the Boundaries Tour So much squeezed into just over a couple of weeks. Here’s a 7 minute peak into life on the road for Tormod and myself. Too many people to thank and crammed with fond memories. Here’s a taster (thanks largely to … Continue reading

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Black Brant hybrid family

X Dark-bellied Brent One of the interesting encounters at Holkham, Norfolk last weekend were Black Brant hybrids. A single bird (which was the most Black Brant-like) and a second bird, which was clearly a male, was paired to a female Dark-bellied Brent with single juvenile. Both hybrids are known … Continue reading

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