Monday, 25 February 2013

A Lidl bit of twitching

I haven't seen Black Guillemot in Lothian for a few years so it would have been churlish not to stop off at the Prestonpans Lidl carpark when passing on Sunday. It took 10 minutes or so to find it as it was pretty far offshore, but the sea was flat and the light good. Not sure that it is quite identifiable in the photo, but that is what it is.

Meanwhile, hats off the Stephen W for finding a new species for Lothian round about the same time - managing to pick up an Egyptian Goose in a field near Haddington. With only a very small number of recent records in Scotland of individuals (presumably) dispersing from the feral population in East Anglia, I was keen to add this species to my county list. With work and home commitments I arrived at the site today at about 6:00pm when I suppose it would be officially dark. Luckily the bird was showing at the same spot and could easily be identified even in the gloomy views through the scope. Neither my phone or camera could manage any decent images, so these shots are all from Malawi in October.

Egyptian Geese with Spur-winged Plover, Spur-winged Geese, African Openbill Stork, Nile Crocodile and Hippoptamus at Liwonde National Park in Malawi.

So, did anyone have a bet on Egyptian Goose being the next addition to the Lothian list? In a word, No!

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