Friday, 5 August 2011

Peregrine in the lagoon

Škocjanski zatok: today's highlight in the form of a fantastic PEREGRINE (looked juv/imm) hunting in the brackish lagoon. Being almost constantly mobbed by the 3 present Common Terns (photos above). All the waders were squeezing to the ground (like the juvenile Little Ringed Plover below) and the arrival of the falcon caused panic among the gulls too.
Other birds of interest in the area included: 6 Pygmy Cormorants, 1 ad Night Heron, 1 female Shoveler, 17 Teals (increasing numbers!), 1 female Pochard, 1 singing Water Rail (after so long!), 11 Black-winged Stilts, 2 Curlews, 25 Common Sandpipers, 2 Common Redshanks (ad + juvenile), 22 Greenshanks, 4 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Snipe (calling in flight), 1 juv BLACK TERN (flying both in the lagoon and freshwater marsh), 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Common Swift (still here!), 2-3 Kingfishers, +20 Swallows, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 calling Nightingales, 1 Fan-tailed Warbler, both Reed and Great R. Warblers, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcaps and a quite large flock of Starlings (+500).

I managed to take some wader pics too...

Wood Sandpiper:

Juvenile Little Ringed Plover:

Common Sandpiper in its natural habitat: