Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Blue Rock Thrush caught on camera!
Local patch - M.Grisa: got some fantastic views on a family of Blue Rock Thrushes this morning on the cliffs. The parents were quite noisy so I decided to stop on the path and wait. After a while, first the male and then the female appeared on a nearby rock...and finally also a youngster. The female was giving strange calls I never heard before; frog-like I'd say with some whistling as heard in the Nightingale's calls. The male instead was delivering its song, especially when landing and taking off from the rock. And of course frequently both sexes bringing food to the youngster/s.
Otherwise a bit quite in the area with no relevant raptor movements. Of interest only 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, a few Alpine Swifts and the usual numbers of Common Swifts, singing Rock Bunting and 1 calling Golden Oriole (seen in flight). On the "reptile front": from the path I flushed a Western Whip Snake and later also a Dalmatian Algyroides appeared. Usual common butterflies: 1-2 Great Banded Graylings, Scarce Swallowtail and lots of Wall Browns.
Pics above: the first ones showing the adult male, the last one a juvenile.
By the way the website of my fellow birding friend Igor Maiorano is now alive and can be found HERE (or on the bar on the right). It is actually a photo-album of his trips and his photograpy career. Great images, especially from the different trips around Europe and North Africa. Check it!