Beskrivelse: Winter solistice, the darkest day of the year. Snow showers. ISO 500, 1/100sec, handheld.
Possibly the same bird as in Estonia, Haapsalu, which has not been seen for a few days until the same species appeared in UTÖ 150km WNW.
Beskrivelse: This is the second Little Bustard in Finland within 2 weeks! Both birds, separated by 33 kms, are males, but from plumage differences appear to be different individuals. This bird has been a difficult one to relocate because it moves within several kms and likes to lay down on the ground for extended periods. During those times it dissapears completely and absolutely into the stubble field. More pictures of both birds at my web page.
Beskrivelse: The bird was originally reported on July 18 as a Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides). The following morning the true identity was revealed. It was a Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchuc). The status of this individual is uncertain at present. The three previous European records have all been considered of captive origin. The bird was very timid and it was visible for fleeting moments only. The picture is a collage of 100% crops of two photographs.
Beskrivelse: Photographed at approx 04:00-05:30 in heavy rain, effective exposure 1/50-1/80
The status of this rather long distance interafrican migrant is unclear. The bird has no rings and the wings appear to be in good shape, so no direct suggestions of captive origin. Could this bird have arrived into europe from Africa in flocks of white storks with which it is said to associate with?
Titel: Species uncertain. Identification help requested.
Beskrivelse: This bird was found on June 05, at Lågskär, Åland, Finland. It was ringed and reported as an Iberian Chiffchaff. This identity has been questioned. More information, discussion, links to additional phots and sound recordings in the netfugl forum on identification/fuglebestemmelse.