Vagrant Eurasian Golden-Oriole on Bird Island

PirolIn the early morning a quiet walk in the wood to Passe Hirondelle. Right near the farm building quite a big thrush-like bird landed on some vegetation. Just a second, than the bird flew away. Fortunately not far so I could follow for a while and took a picture of the bird which turned out to be a non-breeding plumage Eurasian Golden-Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) – probably a 1st winter male. Afterwards I even could photograph when the Oriole took one of the big spiders as prey.

A yellow “flash” in the morning of the Oktober 29th 2012 in the wood between Passe Coco and Passe Hirondelle seen by the two birdwatchers from Germany was probably that bird, too.

Afterwards we payed attention tot he breathtaking flying skills of White-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon lepturus) which circled the palm trees before settling down to rest in them. Sooty Terns (Sterna fuscota) sail in large flocks in the sky above the island. Now at the end of October the breeding is practically over and the young can be seen everywhere. With deafening cries they make their circles over the clearing of the palm forest day and night. But there are also the close relatives, the Bridled Terns (Sterna anaethetus) here. However, they are by far not as common and are more likely to be found on the granite islands of the Seychelles. The roar of the surf waves was joined by the cries of thousands of seabirds soaring in the azure sky. What a spectacle!

In order to meet the growing demand for top images of the rarer species of Palaearctic has specifically made trips to remote places. Additionally every chance is used, if a rare bird is around the homeground. This to do everything to ensure excellent photos of the Birds of the Western Palearctic . The yield of pictures also of rare Western Palaearctic birds is very good. There are other nice images of birds, that you will find behind the tab “Picture Shop“. Just give a notice if you need a picture of a bird which is not online.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *