It has been a while since I last posted on my blog (6 months!) as to be honest I haven’t had much use for it. However with the many photos I took in Falsterbo (Sweden) recently, I felt it would be sensible to resurrect my blog from the dead and condense all of my photos into one blogpost instead of filling up everybody’s Twitter feed.
Throughout the trip I solely concentrated on raptors, so if they are not your cup of tea, click off this page now!
The main reason for me to go to Falsterbo in the first place! I saw c.1330 Honey-buzzards during my visit.
Adult male Honey-buzzard. Skanörs Ljung, 25/08/17
Adult female Honey-buzzard. Falsterbokanalen, 29/08/17
Juvenile Honey-buzzard. Skanörs Ljung, 28/08/17
By far my most wanted uncommon raptor at the start of the trip. I had 3 different individuals over my stay: an adult female, a 2cy female and a 2cy male.
2cy male Pallid Harrier. Briefly thought it was a 3cy male but several retained juvenile secondaries, the streaked breast and the overall messy appearance ages the bird as an advanced 2cy. Falsterbokanalen, 29/08/17
Adult female Pallid Harrier (left). Aged as an (presumed) older adult female due to light secondaries, thin body streaking and heavily spotted median and greater coverts. Skanörs Ljung, 28/08/17
2cy female Pallid Harrier (right). Skanörs Ljung, 26/08/17
A good autumn for this species on the peninsular. I connected with 3 adults all on the same day.
Adult Black Kite. Nabben, 28/08/17
Lesser Spotted Eagle
The day before I arrived a 3cy+ Lesser Spotted Eagle had been seen in the area. To my joy it did not migrate and so I had a chance to see it. The bird I saw on the 28th and 29th is surprisingly a different individual to the bird seen before my stay (comparison picture here).
3cy+ Lesser Spotted Eagle. Falsterbokanalen, 29/08/17
Not a raptor but it was impressive to see two of them migrating with Honey-buzzards on the 28th. A semi-decent bird for Falsterbo.
White Stork. Skanörs Ljung, 28/08/17
Adult male Osprey. Skanörs Ljung, 28/08/17
Juvenile White-tailed Eagle. Nabben, 24/08/17
Juvenile Red Kite. Skanörs Ljung, 25/08/17
Overall a very enjoyable trip with great people and I am already looking forward to going again next year!