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mvecht`s fourth year


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I dont expect this to be a particularly Big Year. we do have a trip planned for Borneo in February but I very much doubt that we will be allowed to travel.

Also I started in a new job a few months ago so time will be more limited. My main goal this year will be to get photos of some new species.

The first day of the year turned out to be very grey and quite wet. I am submitting a shot of

IOM #1 Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) just to get things started.

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At lunchtime I took a short walk to the small lake next to the house.

IOM #2 Merganser (Mergus merganser). App 20 birds are resting in the lake at the moment. The Island is one of the most important breeding grounds in the country.

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michael-ibk

Good to see you are in again - the more Michaels the better. :)

 

Best of luck with your Borneo trip, I hope it can happen.

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Well that is two Sawbills in the bag. Time for a Smew.

Good to see you are still in.

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@Galana I would love to have Smew nearby but they are not common around here. Nearest good place is app 50 miles away. 2 or 3 Red-breasted Goose have been spotted on the Western part of the Island so I will be looking for them or even better they will come to me :rolleyes:  The love to forage on fields were Sugar Beet were grown and it so happens that the fields close to our house had Sugar Beet this year,

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elefromoz

You're off the starting blocks now. I haven't been following what's going on in Borneo, but best of luck with that.

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Fingers crossed for Borneo!

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A trip to the North-Western corner of the Island gave:

IOM #3 Hooded Crow (Cornus cornix)

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IOM #4 Black - headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

I opted for a slightly different shot on this one :D

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I had this one at quite a distance. At first glance it looked way to big, but a nearby birder with a scope could confirm that it was a Peregrine Falcon

 

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I wont count it yet as I expect to get much closer.

Also 3 very distant White-tailed Seaeagle. Again I expect better photos later on.

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Winter in Denmark can be very grey and today was no exception.

Last year I did not get this species at all so I better post this one and hope for better pictures.

IOM #5 Goldeneye (Becephala clangula), South coast of the Island. 

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Kitsafari

just gotta love that viewpoint of the black-headed gull

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The weekend gave a few new species.

IOM #6 Mallard (ana platyrhynchos)

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IOM #7 Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula). Lots of them around. Someone counted 12000 today.

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IOM #8 Common Scoter (Melanitta negra)

I will save the Grebe for later :D

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IOM #9 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus). I still dont understand why you dont call it a Silver Gull as we do on the continent in line with its scientific name :rolleyes:

 

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IOM #10 Wigeon (Mareca penelope)

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IOM #11 Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

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Yesterday, looking out of the living room window I had a surprise visitor. A Great White Egret! Once I got the camera and got out of the house it was unfortunately gone, so todays entires will be black birds instaed!

IOM #12 Cormorant (Phalacrorax carbo)

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IOM #13 Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula)

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IOM #14 Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

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IOM #15 Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

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Today we were supposed to land in Borneo, but for obvious reasons we have postponed the trip until December.

Locally it was another nice day but cold!

IOM #16 Mute Swan (Cygnus Olor). They can be found i thousands around the Island during the winter.

IOM 17 Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Gadwall can also be seen in the picture but I will wait for better pictures.

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IOM #18 Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

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Some old friends were around.

IOM # 19 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). I am hoping to get better pictures during the Summer.

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IOM #20  EBC White - tailed Eagle (Haliaetus albicilla). The Wigeon in its talons has already been counted:rolleyes:

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That is something to look forward to in December! Fingers crossed…

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Shame about Borneo but it will be worth the wait 

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Kitsafari

sorry to hear about the postponed Borneo trip. but you made up for it with the IoM birds. 

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Sorry to hear you have missed out on Borneo but at least you have more time to deal with your locals.

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Local birds can be entertaining while waiting for the big trip.

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Dave Williams

I'm joining the IOM individual challenge this year....don't worry though, I won't win but I can guarantee neither you or Fred will not come bottom. I'll predict I'll get 12 which isn't too high a count on an island that is home to around 240,000 breeding birds! 

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You got me clearing out the guest bedroom till the penny dropped.

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@Dave WilliamsI am still cleaning my guest bedroom but unfortunately the penny has not dropped yet. Can you help me out?

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