|Collared Flycatcher - Fair Isle - April 30th 2011|
It's a "Lifer" for me and a few other folk on Isle today.
I was doing yard work when my wife came out and told me that she had just took a phone message and that there is a Coloured Flycatcher on the south end of Hoini? Did she mean Collared? I guess so... now hiking up Hoini is a chore for me but it's a nice day for a walk. But would it still be there?
Somewhere on the Cliffs of Hoini?
The bird is in this photo... but this is totally unzoomed or magnified
|I crawled to the edge and laid on my belly and waited with my binoculars and pocket camera.|
|Is that a black sheep? no... just me trying to see a bird.|
|There he is!|
I waited for quite a while and was rewarded for my patience with great views and good record shots.
Once you get over that huge white collar... which might never happen...
I notice was this bird has white on each side of it's tail?
My Collins Bird Guide notes tail is usually all black?
As it turns out Asst. Warden Jason & Girlfriend found the bird... Well done! and thanks for the Tick.
I heard it was the 30th British confirmed record and the last sighting was in 2006.
The 1st was on the island of Whalsay, Shetland in 1947
|It's quite a veiw up there, even when the bird flies out of view for a while...|
Hoini Beach full of Sunning Seals
That's "Lifer" on Fair Isle!
Added Bonus! added May 1st 2011
Male Subalpine Warbler - Eastern
Wow! what rubbish photos of another AWESOME bird.
|I can see the glint of sun on the leg as it was caught and ringed last night.|
It was weighed and measured and deemed of the eastern race.
Photographed from far away and tightly cropped with a old camera but it was out in the open!
not skulking in some bush as usual. It was nice to see a spring male for a change.
Cheers! wish you were here!