30 December 2013

(Northern) Gannet

During the Christmas holidays we had a couple of free afternoons so we headed to Europa Point to observe the Gannets that enter the bay to feed. Wow, what a show they put on for us! The way they fly into the wind, whilst still observing the sea below, and  then performing vertical dives from considerable heights to catch fish.

This bird species breeds colonially along steep rocky coasts and on inaccessible rocky islands in N. Atlantic, with the largest concetration in W. Scotland (St Kilda). Pelargic and mobile outside breeding season; some reach W. Africa , others W. Mediterranean, and many remain in their breeding areas.Numerous are located along the west European coast in autumn.

The adult bird is white with black wing tips and a yellowish-buff head. 

Juvenile birds: Plumage wholly grey-brown except for whitish uppertail-coverts.

Young birds aquire adult plumage by stages over 4 - 5 years.

As you can see we took a good number of photos, as it was hard not to when they kept coming round, searching and diving for fish.

On several occasions we saw them appear straight after the dive complete with their catch, swallowing the fish quickly, as there are always greedy gulls nearby just waiting to steal their prize. As you can see from the photo below, this Yellow-legged Gull (JUV) was successful!

Here are some of the photos we took on our local outing however, please check the Picasa gallery titled 'Birds 2' for a few more shots that were taken on the day.

On behalf of the Bird Nerds crew - John, Gareth, Craig & Paul - we would also like to wish our followers, subscribers, and all of our supporters (you know who you are!) a happy New Year, and all the best for 2014.

Thank you so much for checking our blog, and for recommending us to friends. We hope to continue to bring you details from our birdwatching outings during 2014.

24 December 2013


We spent a few relaxing hours in the Alameda Botanical Gardens (Gibraltar) watching the Chiffchaffs feeding on the Aloes, a tiny bird that will not sit still for long.

Here are a few photos we took on our little outing:

We would also like to wish our followers and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you all for taking the time to visit and read up on our blog. We really hope you enjoy our posts, as we certainly enjoy our birding trips, and spending quality time together as a family.

10 December 2013

The Crested Coot

The Crested Coot is a rare bird that is not seen too often however, we were in luck today as we spotted this marvellous bird relatively near to us, and it was great to be able to admire it at such a close range.

We have been searching for the Crested Coot for some time now and we finally have some decent photographs to show you. So without any further ado, here they are:

We have also added some photographs of other birds spotted in the area.

Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull


Little Grebe


A great day out see you next time,enjoy the photos.