Saturday, 31 August 2013

Pelagic = Blue Sharks...


Went out on a pelagic the other night,  quiet bird wise with just a couple of Great and Cory's Shearwaters but the Blue Sharks worthy of the trip alone and a winning sunset to end on.


Image below shows a tag just installed before release.










A winning sunset...

Monday, 10 June 2013

Recent BNT's.


BNT's have been keeping me busy of late as there has not been much else happening. I really do think these are a smart sterna. They seem to be down on numbers compared to last year with both migrants and breeding individuals. The floating marker buoy is still attracting them where most of these photos are currently being taken. 


1st summer BNT above.




Bird on the right in the image above is what I believe to be a first summer BNT, this is the first 1st summer I have seen of this species.


Above shows you the Batuan Tikus lighthouse which does attract large gatherings of Terns at times. The image below shows 1 Roseate and 2 Black Naped Terns flying past the boat. It can be extremely difficult trying to manoeuvre the boat and take photos at the same time.




Above is the best flight shot I have managed to get so far this season and below shows the egg of one pair of BNT's which is nesting close by. I have only managed to find 2 nesting pairs of BNT's this year compared to 16 pairs this time last year, maybe they will come in later ? 


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Terns & Other @ Sea Observations.


Terns are still dominating observations at sea with Bridled Terns being seen on every venture to the east. Still low in numbers but are slowly building and quite often in pairs. They didn't come in on mass until late June last year and so I hope the numbers will begin to build during next month.






The Roseate Terns are still around but are now progressing in to breeding plumage and so I suspect / hope that they could be nesting close-by within the area. 

A single White Winged Black Tern (non breeding plumaged bird) put in a brief appearance at the floating mark buoy before disappearing and not to be seen again. 

Black Naped Terns are still the most numerous species but are now dwindling in numbers as I suspect they have moved on to their breeding grounds on the smaller islands within the surrounding area. More on BNT's another time apart from the fact there has been a couple of oiled birds knocking around as in the photo with the Roseate above.

Lesser Frigatebirds are being seen more frequently out at sea when returning from dive trips but still as much as I search I am just unable to find a northward bound Swinhoes Petrel


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Short & Long Billed Dowitcher - Photo File.


This is my Short Billed Dowitcher photo file and as you can see I don't have many images or video clips of this species. The reason for this I have only ever seen this species twice. The first time was in Anchorage, Alaska May 2010 and once a single individual,a  freshly plumaged juvenile at the Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores September 2011.

Image above and 4 below are of a nice crisp juvenile at the Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores September 2011.




Above image shows you the juvenile Short Billed Dowitcher alongside a juvenile Sanderling and the image below, well for some reason this seems to be my favourite shot.




Two video clips below are of the same individual in the series of photos above.







Image above & below shows you a nice fresh breeding plumaged Short Billed Dowitcher Anchorage, Alaska, May 2010. I think that this is a really smart looking individual and Dowitchers on the whole are a great group of Shorebird.





This is version 2 of the Long Billed Dowitcher photographic Library. Image above and below shows 2 long billed dowitchers present at Anadyr Marsh, Chucotka, Russia 21st May 2011. These birds were part of a flock of around 40 birds feeding. This day witnessed at least 400 birds recorded flying in to and over the area.




Image above shows the coal river marsh at Anadyr on the 20th May 2011. As visible in the photo above this date witnessed a heavy amount of fresh snow fall to the area. It was this snow fall that I suspect grounded the migrating birds in the 2 images below.














The above selection of photos were taken in the Arctic breeding grounds of Cape Krusenstern national monument, Kotzebue, Alaska, June 2010. This was a pair which remained together throughout the duration of my stay. They was heard in a display song two times throughout the survey period but no nest was ever found.






The un-sharp focusing making the lens zoom in and out this was because this footage was taken at 02:00hrs and in a rather dim arctic light.

The photo and video footage below is of a smart Juvenile bird taken at Cabo da Praia quarry, Terceira, Azores, September 2009.







Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sea-Turtles - Photo File.



This is my Sea-Turtles photo file collection, as with all photo files I hope to add to them and update when ever I manage to get new images and data. 

Above shows a Green Turtle at a depth of just 2 metres, this image was taken 2 hours before sunset as the individual was hanging around a patch of sea-grass where it had previously been feeding. 



Above and below shows a male and female green turtle during copulation. I was quite pleased to be able to obtain this image as it can very difficult to record this behaviour. 






Image above shows you the female green turtle after copulation and the image below shows another / different female green turtle at 01:00hrs as she came ashore, dug a body pit but failed to lay any eggs due to the substrate being to compact. 






Image above and below shows 2 different green turtles at the surface during their southward bound migration last September during the north east monsoon.






Image above shows you a female green turtle returning to the sea after successfully laying 132 eggs with the image below showing the same individual covering up the nest / egg chamber. It is not un-heard of that turtles do come ashore to lay during daylight hours but it is rare and even rarer to actually witness and record it.



Video footage below shows the nesting female green turtle returning to the sea after laying.





Image above shows some of the eggs from a green turtle and below shows a hatchling prior to release at dawn. 



Image below shows a Logger Head Turtle taken from a pelagic trips out on the Azores, September 2009. I have also seen Hawksbill Turtles in Israel, Thailand and Malaysia, I have seen Olive Ridleys Turtles in Goa, India.