Tuesday, February 22, 2011

bonxie on de lake

A casual scan of the lake mid-morning produced a bit of a surprise in the form of a large dark blob sitting on the water! A check through the beaten-up house scope necessitated a move outdoors and the big scope, when all was revealed - a rather knackered looking bonxie! (72).  Although regular on passage off Galley, mostly in autumn, I haven't seen one in winter here, and certainly not on the lake! He hung around for about half an hour before getting up and lumbering through the garden airspace on his way back out to sea, pursued by a bunch of meddling gulls.

A couple of other easy year ticks of late, with kittiwake & the Dirk wintering whimbrel both netted recently.

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