Nocturnal Recording demo videos

After receiving loads of emails on how do I do it, I've put together a couple of videos to answer some of the questions, they're a bit crude but hopefully cover all the basics you need to know if you want to start nocturnal recording. I certainly will never say I've mastered this as I learn something new nearly every time, this should however help out anyone new.

I've also got Nick Hopper and Paul Morton to thank for their help when I started doing this, helping unlock an entirely undiscovered way of birding!

I warn you though, it's addictive!

Pyrenees Photos

Honey Buzzard, This was taken from our terrace, birds like this could be seen nearly every day anywhere we went.

Cattle Egrets from our balcony, these birds have really become established now, my first visit in 2010 didn't see Cattle Egret on the trip list!

Egyptian Vulture, a bird of the higher Pyrenees but always easy to see, this bird was seen in Jaca, Spain. 

Short-toed Eagle, not as numerous as a few birds had already departed south but this showy individual was great to study on the French/Spanish Border.

Osprey were nearly seen on a daily basis, this bird dropped into a reservoir for 10 minutes before heading south.

Pekin Robin - No trip to the Pyrenees is the same without one!

Purple Heron, surprisingly a French Tick for me 

Pied Flycatcher, many, many birds seen, including well in excess of 100 around the village we stayed in.

Citril Finch, always manage to catch up with them but never tire of seeing this hardy finch!

Griffon Vulture, No words needed!

Another Honey Buzzard, this bird was watched for 20 minutes as it rose from the valley below and sailed off south into Spain.

Lammergier! I have plenty of sites for these birds but this was without doubt the best view ever!

Booted Eagle, again from our patio, it wasn't bad there! 

Spring part 2

Ignoring the fact that I merely twitched all of the good birds I saw in spring, it was tremendous, only 9 days into May and Portland had landed not only a 1st for Dorset but a 9th for Britain. Spectacled Warbler had sat somewhere in the mythical but will probably turn up one day category for years, every spring rings the same and on at least one day of the season one will be talked up as long overdue. The difficult bit was going to be where and when...

A Few days prior to this a 1s Male Red-footed Falcon graced the bill 

Two Days before that saw the discovery of a singing Dusky Warbler in Top fields!

A Singing Wood Warbler was also discovered, a weird day.

Fast Forward a few weeks, back to work and everything was quiet, then this started singing at Lodmoor! 

2 days later, by pure luck I switched my day off, walked onto the obs patio and jammed into this beaut!

Sat here now in the latter half of June planning autumn birding, spring seems such a long time ago, that said, this one will take a lot of beating! 

An update... at last!

Whether it's sheer laziness or just a lack of ability to string a few words together for a blogpost I don't know but I've neglected my poor blog for over 6 months now. It's already been quite a busy spring and I've been lucky enough to jam in on some serious falls of birds, of which writing about should have been easy, I was excited enough! Working full time on a PC has got a lot to answer for, who wants to come home and look at a screen for several more hours, not me.

The spring so far in picture and sounds...

Caspian Gull at Radipole, Self found and long awaited Dorset tick

Spotted Redshank at Radipole, Site tick and a great patch bird in the spring.

Little Ringed Plover at Lodmoor, good numbers of these passed through in March

Velvet Scoters - Always exciting 

Black-tailed Godwits at Radipole, Cos' I like the pic

Red-rumped Swallow at Radipole, after a couple of tries this bird finally showed really well for me!

Barwits and Whimbrel off the Chesil, still early but seawatching has been good

Some nice spring Migrants from Portland, Fieldfare, Wheatear and Whinchat.