Tuesday, 23 August 2011

WRYNECK special

Škocjanski zatok NR: this morning I got fabulous views of a migrant WRYNECK. First in the thick of the hedges, but very close and then perching on a dead branch and preening (see pics above - in various postures). Also today, the hedges by the main path were alive with migrants - mainly Nightingales (some giving excellent views), Reed and Great Reed Warblers, few Blackcaps, +4 Cetti's Warblers and +5 Garden Warblers. The other interesting migrant was a first winter Northern Wheatear flushed from the path. Speaking to the warden, he said this is the first autumn record of the species in the reserve this year. Also of interest were: 2 CATTLE EGRETS (perching on the cattles!), 1 singing Fan-tailed Warbler, several Greenshanks, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 singing Water Rail in the ditch (at 9.30 am), 1 Kingfisher, several Common Sandpipers, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Great Egrets, Teal and Shoveler numbers building up, 1 male Pochard along with 1 male TUFTED DUCK in the lagoon (both in eclipse), still 2 remaining Common Terns (ad + juv) and few Black-winged Stilts on the far border of the lagoon.

Cattle Egrets (one is hidden on the cattle's back):

Showy Nightingale, feeding on the path: