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Monday, 1 June 2009

Redfooted Falcons, Stonechats and others...

On Saturday afternoon I really needed to get out of the house - just too many days wedged in behind my laptop!

So I took the bicycle out to Telfs and cycled along the track back through the fields home (about 15km). The wind was really really blowing in my face, so it made for some great exercise.

But besides that, I picked up some nice birds along the way:

This great juv Red-footed Falcon was taken by my Flickr friend Sergey Yeliseev - check out his photostream, pay him a compliment ;-).

My first Redfooted Falcon of the year in Tirol (a single juvenile in Oberhofen)

A Black Kite (almost certainly another individual to the pair breeding in Pettnau), also in Oberhofen.

And a wonderful surprise in picking up a singing male Stonechat in Flaurling.

What a wonderfully rewarding cycle home!

Happy birding
Dale Forbes


Sharon said...

Glad you had such good luck. What a stunning photo of the Falcon!

Gaelyn said...

That ride was certainly worth it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Wow!! I love the way you have caught that wing spread like that Dale. Beautiful picture.

Dale Forbes said...

yes, that photo is lovely. Sergey really is a talented photographer (from Russia somewhere - see the link in the picture's caption)

For logical reasons, I tend to not take my digiscoping setup with me when cycling ;-)

It really is nice to have great photographers as friends when wanting to point something out. Thanks Sergey!

Anonymous said...

This is a nice looking bird and I had never seen one before and no wonder. You guys live in Austria and I live in Ohio. LOL

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Anonymous said...

Incredible photo of such a beautiful falcon... (your friend's other photos are stunning, too!) Loved reading about your journey with these falcons last year - when you saw 7. Thrilling! Kestrel comes to mind at first for sure (I got a good chuckle on your keen observation last year ... "her light wanna hood" dispelled the kestrel misconcep.)

Thanks for giving such a beautiful view!

Unknown said...

You saw a red-footed falcon, WOW, that image from your friend is awesome, I sure will pay him a visit Dale.

Dale Forbes said...

the redfooted falcon is an uncommon passage migrant in may each year - they hang out on the electricity lines, picking up the fat chockchafers (Maikäfer) buzzing about over the fields.

btw, we saw tons of them on the steppes!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful snap of falcon