Friday 26 October 2018

Eastern Stuff

Brown Shrike -  nominate cristatus. I've very little experience ageing shrikes, but I'm assuming the subdued colour tones point to this bird being a first-summer, possibly female? Note the plain mantle, graduated tail and massive bill. This was the only Brown Shrike seen during our week-long April trip to south Goa. I suspect I'd have seen more if I'd gone earlier than early April.
With birding virtually at a standstill at the moment here are a few 'eastern' species from Goa in April. None of these species is ever likely to make an appearance on Orcombe though Blyth's Reed is an outside possibility. I can clearly see Berry Head from Orcombe and Mike's had one there so you never know...



Long-tailed Shrike - presumed first-summer.

Adult Long-tailed Shrike


Asian Brown Flycatcher

Terek Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plovers

Blyth's Reed Warbler

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