Thanks as ever to Rich Steel for this stunning selection of shots from his recent trip to Mallorca - hopefully there'll be more to come, as the great man continues to make all birds look really good with a camera....has the big footed galoot that is Purple Gallinule (above) ever looked so cool? It beats its Central American namesake hands down in the feet department so to speak.
"I have decided to send you the results of the Mallorca trip in two halves due to the number of species. Attached are a selection of images from the first 4 days. It was a very productive trip despite the almost complete lack of migrants (weather was too good!)," explains Rich.
"Still plenty of goodies to come including Woodchat Shrike, Thekla Lark, Balearic Warbler, Yellow Legged Gulls, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Cettis Warbler, Greenshank, Red Crested Pochard, Corn Bunting and Stone Curlew. Now you can see why I am sending in two batches. Second batch will be coming in a couple of weeks.
"I now have a serious backlog of images from the UK spring!"
So here come the pix....wow.
First lot for those who have never enjoyed the pleasure of Med birding (or who ain't birders), are, Audouins Gull, Cattle Egret, Crested Coot, Kentish Plover and LRP.
Next, Marsh Harrier, Purple Heron, Sardinian Warbler, Spoonbill and Spot Red.
Everyone a winner, and finally, Black Winged Stilt, Fan Tailed Warbler, Short Toed Lark and Yellow Wag.
Thanks again buddy, superb gallery!
Mebbe Eurobirding ain't so bad after all.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...