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On the 9th June:


On the boat from Ilfracombe to Lundy on the way seeing at least 7 Manx Shearwaters, Fulmars and Kittiwakes, 4 Gannets, 4 Razorbills and 3+ Guillemots.

On the island, after the exhausting walk from the harbour, we walked half way along the east side to an area of Rhododendrons, Brambles and Willows where there was a Heligoland, and, it was in this area that the male Ruppell's Warbler spent most of its time. Only the 2nd British record and a new bird for us.

We watched the bird for sometime, also seeing a pair of Peregrines, 6 Turtle Doves and 2 Ravens and just had time for a drink in the pub before returning to the boat.

On the trip back there were similar numbers of seabirds, plus 2 Puffins and 2 Common Terns.




Drawing by Laurel Tucker. 


In Arizona leading an Ibis Tours group, 8 new birds, 3 new mammal and a new reptile seen today.











Mountain Bluebird. 


In Colorado on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 











Richardson's Ground Squirrel. 


In Kazakhstan on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'. 

no new birds seen today.











Himalayan Rubythroat. 


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a White-winged Black Tern.


Aboard the Plymouth to Santander ferry to begin a sound recording trip to the Picos de Europa in northwest Spain.


A visit to Slimbridge with Roy Smith, where there was a pair of Cranes with a week-old chick, on the Rushy, unfortunately it only survived a couple of weeks. Also of note were 3 Ravens flying over.

Common Crane 14a,  with chick, Slimbridg
Common Crane 13a, with chick, Slimbridge


On the early ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy on North Uist for a day on the Outer Hebrides, during the I hour 45 minute voyage there were a few Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, 2 Puffins and a Common Tern. The weather was cold and damp with occasional light showers, I headed for Balranald on the way seeing lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, and, a Short-eared Owl. At Balranald I joined a small group of people who were viewing a field where they had heard a Corncrake, after a while I saw 2 birds flying, then they both began sparring in the air, before dropping down into the grass, Corncrakes, a new bird for me, although brief I had clear and good views of both birds. 

I stayed for an hour or so, but they didn't call or show again, so, I went for a look around the area, there were lots of breeding waders - Oystercatchers, Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing and Curlew, I also saw Wheatears, 3 Buzzards, 2 male Hen Harriers, lots of Greylag Geese, a Black Guillemot and 14 Red Deer. Later, I went back to try and see Corncrake again, but, although there were 2 birds calling they didn't show. On the way back to Lochmaddy there was another Short-eared Owl and another Black Guillemot in the harbour.

I caught the evening ferry back to Uig, as we neared Skye there were lots of auks, then I returned to the hotel in Portree.

Red Deer 01, North Uist, 9_6_19.jpg
Red Deer 02, North Uist, 9_6_19.jpg

Red Deer on North Uist.

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