Spooktacular – Halloween to remember

I’ve said lots of times that I “Don’t twitch off mainland Great Britain”. I have broken that principle twice before, for Siberian Rubythroat on Shetland 10 years ago and Sandhill Crane on Orkney in September 2009. The Crane twitch had the added bonus of connecting with Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The distance, time involved and of course the expense of getting off mainland is often too much for me to consider. Not to be forgotten is the ability to put a 3-4-man team together, which is something I’m finding hard to do, especially since the retirement of my twitching partner for the…

Three Thrushes

I made the Mid-winter Jewels post https://wp.me/pa4Ku3-gd about December rarities I’d seen and realised I’d forgotten about a magical three week period in 2016 when I photographed three rare thrushes in a three week period in December. I had to dig deep to unearth the images as I had not saved the original Raw files in the usual place nor in my main photo archive. Instead they all laid in a folder on a portable HDD that I had filled. A year and a day since ticking the Crag Martin in Chesterfield on 5th December 2015 as it flew around…