OBP, Wells Woods 14.10.14

A great morning to be out and about in Wells woods, lots of birds about and a scent of rare in the air. A Pipit flew up into tree, a branch across its head but it was green, black-spotted on … Continued

Daydreaming of Nightjars

A rare blog post to celebrate finally achieving a major life goal – finding a daytime roosting European Nightjar on my local heath, and photographing it at leisure. That is something I have spent years trying to find, always scanning … Continued

Slavonian Grebe 26 Jan 2013

Slavonian Grebe, Whitlingham 26 Jan 2013 Nice to see this so close to home (2200m according to Google Urf)        

Black-bellied Dipper at Thetford

Black-bellied Dipper at Thetford 6th January 2013 Happy New Year! Lets hope all this years birds are this good.

Quail I.D. Any suggestions?

In the Bumthang valley at 2600m in central Bhutan, a stampede of horses across a boggy pasture puts to flight a Quail. We stalk the Quail and acquire close views. Its either a Common Quail or a Japanese Quail female … Continued

Larry the Leopard: Kaeng Krachan

Leopard, eh?   An awesome encounter, with one that crossed the road in front of our car, pausing at the roadside then scuttling up the bank, only to sit down and look at us from c.10m away! This picture was … Continued

Bay Owl – bogey bird no more!

Everyone needs a bogey-bird – one that frustrates you through multiple misses and failed pursuits, so much that it begins to become something of a joke among peers who have had no such difficulty in seeing the bird. Mine was … Continued

Thailand: A short ‘holiday’ in the jungle.

A late decision short holiday to Kaeng Krachan for 9 days with a couple of days on the Petchaburi coast – some much needed jungle time. Highlights – three sightings of Leopard, Oriental Bay Owl ( – my bogey-bird, finally laid … Continued

Nordic Jackdaw, Lincs 16 Feb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A big flock of Jackdaws that contained several contenders for Nordic types, one really stood out with an almost white collar, accompanied by another bird in the video that lacked any obvious collar but had a very pale … Continued

Black Brant, Ongar Hill: 13 Feb.

Stopped off to have a look/sound record what was about at this excellent site just west of King’s Lynn, found one of these lurking in the flock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese in the channel. Also Merlin and a male Hen … Continued