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Friday, 26 September 2014

2 STONECHATS (1M, 1F) & 7 GREY PARTRIDGES around Nettleden Road, Water End.


2 STONECHATS, 1 Male & 1 Female, at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End.

7 GREY PARTRIDGES, including 2 small young juveniles, feeding on ploughed field below Highpark Wood in rain.

Male STONECHAT in drizzle at Water End / Nettleden 

Female STONECHAT in rain at Water End / Nettleden

Male STONECHAT at Water End / Nettleden

Female & Male STONECHAT at Water End / Nettleden

Male STONECHAT in drizzle at Water End / Nettleden

GREY PARTRIDGES including 2 small young Juveniles in distance through rain at Water End.

GREY PARTRIDGES in drizzle at Water End - Male, Female & immature Male.

Also seen...

SPARROWHAWK
KESTREL
BUZZARD sat in ploughed field
Group of SKYLARKS
Large flock of MEADOW PIPITS & PIED WAGTAILS
Flock of LINNETS & GOLDFINCHES
2 JAYS over on migration
BROWN HARE in paddock



6 comments:

  1. Cracking stonechat shots Dan, and great to see such a healthy group of greys! Only seen a max of 2 there so far!

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  2. Super series of Stonechat shots, Dan! I love the mix of close ups and contextual images. And, like Martin, I am very pleased to see the group of Grey Partridges. (Lucy)

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  3. Thanks both of you. Yes, was great to see a family party of Grey Partridges, its great to see they are doing pretty well as only a few years ago I'd never seen any locally.

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  5. Should have read the caption earlier. The imm. male (I presume) is retaining some head feathers. Can't see from the photo.

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    1. Hi Paul, yes apart from the obvious male & female on the left in the lower pic, & the two young juvs, at least two of the other birds seemed to still have some juv feathers with otherwise adult plumage, I guess in moult, so I felt I could only really describe them as immature. The bird on the right in the lower pic had some cream feathering on the head & cream-brown feathering on the breast still, & the bird second from left in the first pic appeared pretty much half way between adult & juvenile in plumage.

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