Sunday, 23 April 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 54-57

The weeks are really flying along and as we came to the end of week 17 I was able to add a few more birds to my 2017 challenge. They were: Spotted Sandpiper54, Carib Grackle55, Osprey56 and Black-bellied Whistling Duck57.  This brought my tally to fifty-seven species for the year.
See 2017 Photographic Big Year images here.

54 - Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius
55 - Carib Grackle - Quiscalus lugubris
56 - Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
57 - Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna autumnalis

See 2017 Photographic Big Year images here.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 51-53

The birds were scarce in the last two weeks, weeks 14, 15 but week 16 promises to be more rewarding.  For week 14 I added an Eared Dove51, week 15 - an out of season Pectoral Sandpiper52 and a Laughing Gull53.   These additions moved my Big Year tally to 53. 

 See 2017 Photographic Big Year images here.

51 - Eared Dove - Zenaida auriculata

52 - Pectoral Sandpiper - Calidris melanotos

53 - Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

2017 Photographic Big Year 47-50

Week 13 was a scorcher! It was very hot but the days were beautiful with a bright blue cloudless sky, for the most part, and the birding was not too bad. I had a rarity, two swallows and a sandpiper to add to the big year gallery.

The Rarity

50 -Purple Heron - Ardea purpurea
I saw this bird, a (50) Purple Heron, on Friday afternoon in the parish of St. Andrew.  These series of irrigation ponds are not often visited by birders but I was in the area so took a look and was surprised to see this bird.  Straight away I knew it was a Purple Heron because of its chestnut color and the dark stripe that runs down the back of its neck.  These shy herons are between 31–38 inches in length and breeds in Eurasia region.

Two Swallows

47 - Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

It is not surprising to see (47) Barn Swallows at this time of the year, what was surprising for me was to see over 70 of these birds on the powerline as I was driving through the eastern parish of St. Philip.  I took a few images of the flock which consisted of adult and juvenile birds with some in the process of molting but on closer inspection of the images I noticed a (49) Cliff Swallow in the midst. I hope to visit the area again when I can and hopefully the swallows will still be around.
49 - Cliff Swallow - Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


I have been noticing an increase of sandpipers, mainly peeps, and Semipalmated Plovers.  On a morning visit to one of the swamps I was able to get some nice images of (48) Semipalmated Sandpipers wading in the shallows.
48 - Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla

These four additions to my 2017 Photograph Big Year gallery brings the total to 50 species. With still a few commoners to tick off I should reach 60 species by the end of next month.

Keep following and enjoy your birding.