Posts Tagged ‘Caister

31
Oct
15

Never the gorse shall meet

The well watched Siberian Stonechat at Caister on Sea was performing well last weekend … at a distance. It never came close when I was there; preferring to spend more time with the passing golfers on the far side of some gorse than with the entourage of photographers and birdwatchers stood in the dunes. Nice bird though!

2015 10 25 Siberian Stonechat Caister on Sea Norfolk_Z5A3432

10
Dec
13

Spot on

We were searching for the Rose Coloured Starling at Caister on Sea once more the other day; searching among the thousands of Starlings. Many of the birds have now acquired breeding plumage with pale bills and heavily spotted plumage. The same plumage once gave rise to an old lady telephoning and telling me she had a Nutcracker on her lawn. When Starlings look like this it’s easy to see why she (and others before her and since) made the misidentification.

As we walked the backstreets of Caister the light was magnificent, enabling the pastel colours at the base of the bills to easily be seen; males having blue and females appropriately pink! Just look at the male below, he puffed out his throat feathers and sang his heart out in the afternoon sunshine.

Female Starling

Male Starling

28
Nov
13

Metamorph

Feather tracts on birds all have fascinating names:, Primaries, Secondaries, Auxilaries, Scapulars and what about the Alula! There’s a whole family of Coverts; Medium, Lesser and Greater. Even the Primaries and Secondaries are split into groups: Inner and outer. The moulting of these feather tracts the order in which they are replaced and when during the year the change takes place is fascinating.

It is interesting to note the changes in the Caister Rose Coloured Starling since it first arrived. It is now moving from a nondescript puce starling towards a pink and black stunner … a feather at a time.

Rose Coloured Starling




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