Monday, 8 October 2018

Sea Palling Buzzard bonanza!

Older birders will remember when Common Buzzards were not only very unusual in Norfolk, but hard to see throughout the UK: how things have changed!

Linda and I had business on the East coast today, so stopped at a few 'birdy' spots on the way home. First of these was Walcott, where an Eider Duck on the sea was noteworthy, as was an oddly-patterned Shearwater / Petrel. Sadly this was too far out for proper photography, but you can get the drift from the two images below. A juvenile gull on the beach had an attractive pied bill...
Driving from Sea Palling to Waxham (where we enjoyed lunch in the Barn) we counted sixteen Buzzards, in several groups: the largest of these held six birds! Several Sparrowhawks were good to see, as were a couple of smallish flocks of Pink-footed Geese.


















6 comments:

Mark Corrigan said...

Wow - that looks grey and black like a Fea's or Zino's! What did you get on it David?

David said...

Hi Mark!
As a matter of fact, those were my first thoughts, but I've learned not to attempt such I/ds on here!
I watched the bird flying south east in perfect visibility, about halfway out to the horizon. It looked a bit like a juv Kittiwake, but was flying like a compact shearwater...

Alan Johnson said...

Nail on Fea's type for me!!!

Simon "Super" Hans said...

I concur with the chaps above, poor images (forgive me) but from what I can see it looks good for one of the soft-plumaged petrels. I have a holiday home on Madeira, so I'm lucky enough to see them quite frequently. Best to put the news out (even tentatively) to alert others?

Simon Hans said...

It's always tricky with less than perfect photographs, but everything you can see points towards a Fea's type petrel at least. Hard to go any further on the images but I'd be thinking about sending that to BBRC. I wouldn't say it's a nailed on Fea's but it's certainly in that ball park. Did you manage to see the underwing?

David said...

Thanks for all the comments: Hans, all I can say about the underside was that the wings looked like a darker version of the top!