22 March 2014

Black-tailed godwits

Limosa limosa

During a previous birding trip in Bonanza we managed to observe some Black-tailed godwits at a relatively close range. This enabled us to capture some decent photographs so we decided to do a post specifically about this bird.

Black-tailed godwits are large long-legged wading birds. In summer, they have bright orangey-brown chests and fronts, but in winter they are predominantly greyish-brown. Their most distinctive features are their long beaks and legs, and the black and white stripes on their wings.

Estuaries and coastal lagoons are the best places to look for such a bird, at almost any time of the year, and they also visit wetland sites inland. It is easiest though to spot them from late summer, and all throughout winter.

Anyhow, we hope you've all enjoyed our post focusing on this particular bird.
We're already drafting up our next post, and planning our next outing too. Busy times ahead for the Bird Nerd team!

12 March 2014

Bonanza Salt Pans

Still on a high from recent successful birding trips, we scheduled a visit to the salt pans in Bonanza.
Grey Wagtail

We set off out early one weekend, as the forecast had shown pleasantly dry weather and we wanted to make the most out of our day out.


Fortunately, it was yet another great day out! We spotted numerous birds and we were able to quietly observe them, and capture some decent photographs too.

Slender-billed Gull

Black-headed Gull
Here is a complete list of what we saw on the day:


  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Ruff
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Redshank
  • Greenshank
  • Avocet
  • Grey Heron
  • Great White Egret
  • Cattle Egret
Little Ringed Plover


  • Little Egret
  • Osprey
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Spoonbill
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Slender-billed Gull
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Black Kite
  • Black Stork
  • Stonechat
  • Wheatear

Black-tailed Godwit

Black-winged Stilt, Dunlin & Ruff

  • White Wagtail
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Dunlin
  • Little Stint
  • Grey Plover
  • Whimbrel
  • Black Redstat
  • Crested Lark
  • Sardinian Warbler

Grey Heron

Common Sandpiper
Overall we spent a total of four hours in Bonanza. We are certainly looking forward to going out bird watching again, when our schedules can permit it of course!

Greater Flamingo

Little Egret

Nevertheless, we already have our next post drafted out, and this will focus on a specific bird as we did with the Common Buzzard.

Ruff & Black-winged Stilt




02 March 2014

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

The Common Buzzard is a common resident of woodlands and open areas. It is a medium-to-large bird of prey and its range covers most of Europe.

It eats mainly small mammals and being a great opportunist, it adapts well to a varied diet of pheasant, rabbit, snakes and lizards, and can often be seen walking over recently ploughed fields searching for worms and insects.

It is a generally dark brown raptor and whilst in flight, it has broad rounded wings and tail.

Adults can be highly variable, from an almost white to a dark brown, whereas juveniles are coarsely streaked on their breast and lack the dark terminal tail-band.

We often come across this bird on our outings, and in this particular instance we were able to glimpse it at close range, enabling us to take several photographs to present to you here today.


There are also more photographs in our Picasa Gallery under the album 'Bird Nerds 2' so if you have some time, please check it out and feel free to give us some feedback, we'd love to hear from you!