Monday 8 December 2014

Reedbed birds

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus - male
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus - female
Harriers going to roost
Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus
Reedbed kingdom by the river Isonzo/Soča. In the distance the rocky coast west of Trieste with the Karst plateau above it and the Trnovski gozd mountain range in the far back.
Mt. Triglav in the distance (highest mountain in Slovenia)
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica
Even if the weather looked promising for something else, today I ventured to the coastal wetlands with a couple of friends. It was a nice, almost wind-less and partly sunny day, but with not many highlights. Birds of note were mainly reedbed-based: 3 MOUSTACHED WARBLERS Acrocephalus melanopogon at Lisert (showing well), Penduline Tits Remiz pendulinus (+20 tot), Reed Buntings Emberiza schoeniclus, Water Rails Rallus aquaticus (+10) and tons of Cetti's Warblers Cettia cetti. We looked hard for Bearded Tit in several places, but without success. In the evening we had a nice Circus spectacle at Caneo (river Isonzo/Soča estuary) where up to 10 Hen Harriers Circus cyaneus (5 m & 5 f) and 7-8 Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus (both sexes) gathered in the vast reedbed roost. At dusk two or three owls flew briefly in front of our car's headlights, most probably Long-eared Owls Asio otus.
On the sea at Lisert also a Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata and 2 days ago at Miramare 2 Black-throated Divers Gavia arctica (above).