Tuesday, 23 December 2008
A couple of late photos. A very hot 12th October produced a biting swarm of the introduced Harlequin Ladybird with at least 250 congregating on the front of the house in preparation for hibernation. The photos show many of the variations that the Harlequin comes in.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Our third consecutive autumn visit to Beidaihe to watch bird migration. We lost the last 5 days to fog/pollution, the top 2 photos show what it can be like but overall the weather was pretty good to us. We had many highlights but the top one for me was seeing over 800 Siberian Cranes migrating south. The lower photo shows Frank'The Legend' Moffatt and Mark waiting for Cranes. Photos and sketches of large Gulls and Common/Kamchatkas will appear in the next posting.
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The sight and sound of a calling flock of Sibe Cranes overhead (60ft to be precise) is one of those moments where once the birds have passed you drop to your knees and simply cry. Its taken 3 consecutive autumn visits to finally get views like this but even after this encounter you just want more, lots more.