Thursday, 3 December 2015

Limosa Tour to Goa in India November 2015

Photographs from recent Limosa Tour to Goa in India November 2015


Pallas's Gull (Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus)

Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)

Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)


Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus)

Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata hirsute)

Lesser Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina cyanota)

Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indica)

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

Clear-winged Forest Glory (Vestalis gracilis)

Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon)

Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon) & Great Jay
(Graphium eurypylus)

White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

Green Warbler (Phylloscopus nitidus)

Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus)

Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)

Oriental Rat Snake (Ptyas mucosa)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Limosa Tour to Portugal October 2015

Some photographs from a recent Limosa tour Portugal including finding a first for Portugal - a Booted Warbler.

Booted Warbler (Iduna caligata)
Booted Warbler (Iduna caligata)

Booted Warbler (Iduna caligata) Vale Santo Cape St Vincent

I was leading a Limosa Holidays tour to Portugal. João Jara from the Birds & Nature Tours Portugal was initially down as the first leader, but unfortunately had commitments elsewhere. On 6th October we were birding the south end of the Vale Santo when I spotted a very pale grey warbler. I pointed it out to my group but they were not over interested in it. I decided to quickly obtain shots of it for identification later, as the group was giving all the impressions of wanting to move on. Western Olivaceous Warbler seemed the obvious grey bird of choice. Even the possibility of Booted Warbler (Iduna caligata) floated through my mind. But I was just concentrating on getting shots not analysing the plumage. The bird was a fairly long looking warbler with a strong bill. There were some pale edgings to some of the secondaries and a broad pale supercilium, before and behind the eye, were about the only features I mentally noted at I was photographing it. The bird was flitting from bush to bush. Checking the photographic metadata I was photographing the bird between 3.01 to almost 3.15pm. We then explored the area a little to the north and saw the bird (at a distance) again in the same area at 3.50pm.

Further up the road we then bumped into a local birdwatcher Simon Wates at about 4.40pm, who only had time for a cursory look at the back of my camera photograph of the mystery Warbler, as he was busy guiding, and he suggested perhaps a grey Melodious, but he was trying to eliminate Western Olivaceous and was purely looked at the ground colour of the bird, not the whole bird. We passed several birdwatchers looking at the bird on our return later in the afternoon and I passed on (erroneously as it turned out) the information from Simon. It was not until later in the evening that I had a chance to study the photographs and it became instantly obvious the bird was a Booted Warbler or Sykes’s Warbler. A quick check of the Algarve Portugal Rare Birds facebook page revealed that the news had been put out as a Booted.

Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus weigoldi)
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris borealis)
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris borealis)
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Isle of Wight

Some of the wildlife seen on a trip to the Isle of Wight in August.  

The Field Cow-wheat was taken at one of only four or so sites left in UK and the Wood Calamint at its only UK site. 

Red Squirrels seemed relatively common, now there are several feeding stations. Or are they just easier to see? I didn't see any on our annual summer holidays there as a child but then we did spend a lot of time on the beach.

Field Cow-wheat (Melampyrum arvense

Wood Calamint (Clinopodium menthifolium)

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Long-winged Conehead (Conocephalus discolor)

Fossil Iguanodon dinosaurs foot cast

Fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Surrey

Thursday, 20 August 2015

The Peregrines of Norwich Cathedral

The Peregrines of Norwich Cathedral by Robin Chittenden is out now. To order your copy please visit for details.

Front & back cover below

Limosa Tour to Romania 2015

A selection photos from Transylvania.

Brown Bear (one of four seen)

Pygmy Owl (One of three juveniles)

Crested Tit
Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus alpinus)
Horned Lark
(Eremophila alpestris balcanicus)

Friday, 3 July 2015


A singing male Marsh Warbler set up a territory by the River Nar at Narborough and attracted many birdwatchers 10th-23rd. The Marsh Warbler’s song is renowned for its bird mimicry and this one performed great renditions of Blackbird alarm call, the jangling song of Goldfinch, alarm call of Chaffinch, the peeping of a Nuthatch and flight calls off a Crossbill and Bee-eater. 

A bonus was an Osprey seen there regularly, attracted by the easy pickings at the neighbouring fishing lakes and trout farm.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Limosa tour to Lesbos (Lesvos) Greece April/May 2015

Some photographs from recent tour to  Lesbos (Lesvos) Greece

Some more can be found at and also here soon.

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)
Persian Squirrel (Scirius anomalus)
Rüppell's Warbler (Sylvia rueppelli)
Scops Owl (Otus scops)
Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)