Wading Birds on Bermuda

Freshwater is in short supply on Bermuda and indeed residents are obliged by law to install a house-roof system for collecting rainwater. Even the smallest pool is likely to attract birds and yesterday we visited one such spot at the eastern end of the island. The tiny muddy puddle held Short-billed Dowitchers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Least…

Last day with the Bermuda Petrels

Today was our last day out on the water and it was a bit on the rough side. But it did give us the chance to see Bermuda Petrels in their element – they are consummate fliers and masters of the ocean winds. As dusk approached, the birds came close to the boat and several…

Nonsuch Island Bermuda Petrel Monitoring Programme

We were fortunate enough to visit Nonsuch Island to participate in the monitoring programme for Bermuda Petrel. This tiny island is the main relocation site for this bird, and the strategy has probably saved the species from extinction. Warden Jeremy Madeiros removed a few birds from their artificial nest burrows, weighed and sexed them before…

Latest on Bermuda Petrel and other Birds

Until relatively recently, the tiny relict population of Bermuda Petrels (at their lowest ebb, thought to number just 15 pairs) survived only on tiny islets off the coast of Bermuda. Being so low-lying these are extremely vulnerable to erosion and damage by hurricanes. Masters of the air, Bermuda Petrels normally come ashore to visit their…

Autumn in Richmond Park, Surrey

Taking advantage of a rare day of glorious weather, we spent a morning at Richmond Park in Surrey on Sunday. The idea was to photograph the tail end of Red Deer rut in what promised to be one of those lovely still, crisp and cold November mornings. It quickly became evident that most of the…

Bermuda Petrel Sightings

We had a great opportunity today to observe one of the world’s rarest birds. Once thought to be extinct, the Bermuda Petrel or Cahow was rediscovered and brought back from the brink of extinction by the legendary David Wingate and others. Last year just over 100 pairs nested; this plus non-breeding birds represents the entire…

Autumn colours in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

One of the great things about Britain is the four distinct seasons. Autumn is a fabulous time of year as, not only does it herald the start of the winter bird migration, with the trees changing colour it can also provide fantastic opportunities for the landscape photographer to capture the magic. November is the month of…