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Monday, 18 August 2014

HEMEL MEGA: WHINCHAT with 2 WHEATEARS at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.

1st Winter WHINCHAT with 2 WHEATEARS at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.

This is only the 3rd Whinchat I have seen in the Hemel area & as far I know only the 3rd record too.

Here are the two best shots I managed of the Whinchat when, with the Wheatears, it was flushed by something & it flew in my direction into cover along the footpath on the S side (top of slope) of the paddock. The light was very dim due to the huge black clouds going over so I'm afraid they aren't the sharpest of shots. I'll post the rest with more details soon...

1st Winter WHINCHAT at Water End
1st Winter WHINCHAT at Water End


  1. Cracking shots Dan

    Graham Smith

    1. Thanks Graham, I have some Autumn Whinchat / Wheatear comparison shots to add to help less experienced birders as I've seen them confused before.


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