Returned to HaBesor Reservoir this morning to look for autumn crakes. Two minutes at my favourite spot (crakes too) produced a lovely Little Crake.
'Crake Alley' (the little dam) was crake free but had a couple of Water Rails, of which only one showed itself for a photo-op.
Returning back around the edge of the reservoir there were large numbers of Plain Tiger or African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus
) butterflies. I'm amazed at bird migration but doubly so when insects do it!
We're at the tail-end of the Lesser-grey Shrike season now - this straggler showing off a truly fearsome bill.
I saw several very distant eagles during the morning - way too far to identify with certainty until this one popped out of the trees on my way back to the car. Lesser Spotted Eagle!
I'm still using a Canon SX50 for day to day birding/recording and it is supposed to be not so good for birds in flight. I would agree but the eagle shots above are good enough for me. Overall, I feel the limitations of my photos lie with me not the equipment I use. With holidays coming up there's plenty of time to practice!
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