This one was photographed 7/4/10 and is over 9ft long its tail is over a meter
making it bigger than the one found in the Philippines
My first sighting of the
Wryneck, Jynx torquilla 8/4/10
I see you and I am off.
first the Night Heron.
Now then! not too close, and I will show you how its done.
First keep an eye on the target that's if this log keeps still.
as soon as its in striking range dive in.
OK not exactly what I had in mind. but I got it and I very rarely miss.
I will be OK once this log stops rolling . i will get it in position and then down in one.
Now I will show you how its done. the Striated heron is about half the size of the Night Heron.
OK you lot make way I will show you how its done
Jees" call them fish
Look at them two, master fishers eh"
Wow that a big un scariee
Whasup that was scarie
OK here goes watch this
and here we go. King Pied fisher watch and learn.
missed it didn't you. told you I was good. a clean strike
Look! I said a clean strike right through the head. dead as a doornail
Ok now all we have to do is get it in between my beak
that's it enough do not mind showing you how to catch your lunch
but i am not going to show you how to eat it.
The Squacco Heron this is a migrating bird to these parts of the ,leaves all through the winter from around October up until end of march, last week I saw the first of season and today I saw many not sure which is the male but the one in flight is a bit larger than the one with the blue beak. both are in full breeding plumage.
Not sure if they are being inquisitive about this big camera, I have never got this close to them before.
Temminck's Stint, Calidris temminckii.
Collared pratincole, Glareola pratincola
Water pipit, Anthus spinoletta.
At first sight I thought they where Larks once i put the photo on the computer and looked in the book they are my first sightings of the pipit. I will have to go back to the area I saw them tomorrow to get better shots.Night heron in flight
1 white egret, 2 squacco herons, 3 night herons + the rubbish that is littering the whole of the Nile valley.
below a different angle on the 3 night herons.
pied kingfisher on the hunt
Little white egret
Squacco heron all todays birds where on the west bank of Luxor on my walk along the Nile river
Normally I can not get close to this bird but now I have my new 100x400 lens
he came close enough to take a shot with on ordinary lens. he flew in did a bit of looking about and caught what it came to get and off it flew ,
Female yellow wagtail