Jul 4, 2017

Pacific Golden Plovers on Herdla

Yesterday Egil Frantzen discovered a Pacific Golden plover on Herdla, a fulva as I use to call them.
He reported it on Bird Alarm and the local system. When he saw another one, he was confused at first. But it were really two cracking adult birds, with the important diagnostics well visible; grey axilaries, long legs, very long tertials, boldly, golden spotted upperparts and the contrasting black-and -white underparts as well as (in flight) a slight toe projection beyond the tail.
During the day they held together with a European Golden Plover and were easy to find for those who came during the day. I even heard one call (a bit like a Spotted Redshank).

Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva

the grey axillary visible on the right bird

the two birds together

Jun 25, 2017

American Black Duck

Twitched the American Black Duck Anas rubripes this weekend at Hagavågen near Stavanger. Lifer as the other one I saw eight years ago proved to be a hybrid...Thanks to Bjørn Mo for helping me find the bird.
Species number 300 for my Norwegian list, according to the very conservative Norwegian taxonomic rules...

record shots of the American Black Duck near Stavanger

Jun 20, 2017

Trumpeter Finch near Bergen

Wicked stuff as Eirik Nydal Adolfsen discovered a Trumpeter Finch yesterday at Breivik on Øygarden. Luckily it was still present today!! And lucky to get some shots of this erratic bird...

Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus

Jun 16, 2017

a week in Turkey

From 3rd to 10th of june I spent a week in southern Turkey with Enno Ebels, Lodi Nauta and turkish resident Gernant Magnin. The first two days Kerem Boyla joined us.
Our main goal was to see Turkish Fish Owl Bubo semenowi, at  lake Ogmapinar near Akseki. This species was re-discovered some ten years ago after being absent for some 30 years. It was until recently considered (and still is by most authorities) a subspecies of Brown Fish Owl Bubo zeylonensis, but it was split recently by the Dutch (see Owls by the Sound Approach)...
We travelled from Antalya to Adana and had six days of excellent birding in the Taurus mountains, concentrating on mountain species like Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius and Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis at the  known spot near Demirkazik. Caucasian Horned Lark Eremophila penicillata, Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus and Asian Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguineus we saw at some other places as well. And more! I had a total of eleven new species and one additional for my WP-list.
Other birds worth mentioning are Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes, Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus, White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis, Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis, Sombre Tit Poecile lugubris, Upcher's Warbler Hippolais languida, Olive Tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum, Caspian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) caspiusFinch's Wheatear Oenanthe finchii Kruper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi and Caucasian Water Pipit Anthus (spinoletta) coutelli.

Turkish Fish Owl Bubo semenowi

chick on the nest (picture by Kerem Boyla with Lodi Nauta's camera)

Radde's Accentor

Caucasian Horned Lark

Red-fronted Serin

and off course


For more pictures have a look under the world button!!!

May 22, 2017

Wood Warbler

Yesterday I visited a little farm at Fjøsanger in Bergen with my daughter Robin. While playing and walking around I heard a Wood Warbler sing a few times. Didn't have any things with me, so no documentation, but this morning the bird was reported again. Anyhow, it is heard by other people as well.