On the 27th November:

1976

A day at Chew Valley Lake where the best birds were 31 Goosanders, 74 Ruddy Duck, 9 Pintail, 2 Goldeneyes, 30+ Bewick's Swans, a Ruff and a Barn Owl.

1977

A visit to Barrow Tanks/reservoirs where birds of note were 36 Shoveler, 3 Goldeneyes and a Water Pipit. Then to Chew Valley Lake where we saw a male and female Smew, the male in partial eclipse, 17 Goosanders, lots of Ruddy Ducks, 3 Bewick's Swans, 3 Great Northern Divers with one in almost summer plumage, a Bearded Tit and a Green-winged Teal.

1979

A drive south to the Camel Valley and a walk alongside the river, where we eventually saw an immature male Belted Kingfisher, a new bird for us and a 2nd British Record. Also seen were 4 Grey Wagtails, 2 Firecrests, a Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfishers, Nuthatches, Goldcrests and Marsh Tits.

Painting and drawings

by

Laurel Tucker.

Belted Kingfisher, LAT 03, Camel Valley,
Belted Kingfisher, LAT 02, Camel Valley,
Belted Kingfisher, LAT 01, Camel Valley,

1988

In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.

1993

In Australia, on a BBC sound recording trip, 23 new birds, 3 new mammals and a new reptile seen today.

Rufous Whistler. 

Rufous Whistler 01a, male, Kakadu, 29_11

1994

A visit to Severn Beach where there was an adult Long-tailed Skua sat on the beach. Sat only a few yards away, it seemed in good condition and even flew towards us. 

2004

A visit to Avonmouth Docks, where I had permission to film in the dock area, there were c30 Dunlin, c100 Lapwing, a few Curlew and Shelduck, and, 3 Black Redstarts, a male and 2 immatures.

Immature Black Redstart.

2015

In the garden, in Portishead, were 10+ Chaffinches, 4+ Greenfinches, 2 Linnets and a male Brambling.

Brambling 10a, Portishead, 27_11_15.jpg
Brambling 02a, Portishead, 27_11_15.jpg

Brambling.

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