Bird News from Nial Moores
In rather hot (30C), humid and hazy conditions, a quick late afternoon trip out to Igidae. This was both to look for early signs of autumn and also to test out my new “long-loan” scope: the Swarovski ATX 30-70×95. While there were many insects and rather few birds, in one hour out to sea >200 Black-tailed Gull went south, along with three Streaked Shearwater. In woodland, highlights included excellent views of several juvenile Daurian Redstart and Eastern Great Tit, and a Japanese Bush Warbler heard (probably a local breeder), while in the “harbour” area, single juvenile Grey Heron, two modesta Great Egret (one with a pale yellow strip on the tarsus), and calls heard of both a Common Sandpiper and a group of Terek Sandpiper (first of the autumn here). And the scope? Both for close and long-range viewing and also for simple point-and-shoot digiscoping, it was absolutely fantastic!