A different Grebe

Slavonian Grebe

A Slavonian Grebe to the west of town this afternoon. This is a fairly common winter visitor although it occurs in far fewer numbers than the similar Black-necked Grebe.

Only common stuff around in the same area: the most noteworthy species were Whooper Swan, White-tailed Eagle, Glaucous-winged Gull, Great Egret and Black Scoter. Last weekend’s cold snap brought a few flocks of Dusky Thrush to town but nothing more interesting. Yet.

Mountain Hawk Eagle

Mountain Hawk Eagle

A first year Montain Hawk Eagle this afternoon above one of the ports east of town. Not great photos, heavy crops from 700mm. Every so often one or sometimes two appear over the ridge and flap lazily along the treeline.

Mountain Hawk Eagle

There was an adult about too but that was even further away. This youngster was a bit frisky: it dive-bombed both a White-tailed and a Steller’s Sea Eagle…………