Sunday, 15 September 2019

Lapland Bunting

I couldn't wish for a better introduction to the wide variety of birdlife in Dorset, especially the unusual visitors to Portland Bill. The Lapland Bunting in particular is an infrequent Autumn visitor and there have been sightings of one during the last few days. So I went along today not believing I would be fortunate to see this bird. However it was in one of the areas that it had been sighted previously. 


It wasn't shy of having its photograph taken either. I was using a 600mm equivalent lens with a 1.4 extender and I had to remove the extender and on some occasions I had to move back away from the bird as it was ground feeding and unperturbed of my presence.


The clue is in the name as to its breeding grounds. 
The high altitude Tundra of Lapland, the Northern Scandinavian areas of Finland, Norway and Sweden.















Just a couple of local scenes in the immediate area of the Bill.

iPhone Image
iPhone Image



10 comments:

  1. Cracking images Roy, a real little poser you've got there! So, as you've now set the standard to high on the sightings front...here's looking forward to seeing some more 'exotica' images soon!....[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, I will try and live up to this one.

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  2. You're in a real migrant hot-spot there - lucky you. I remember seeing a Lapland Bunting once and it was also fearless and co-operative, going quietly about its business despite a battery of long lenses and scopes following its every move.

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    1. Thanks John. This one was quite content to carry on eating seeds and not bothered about anyone.

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  3. Great pictures of Lapland bunting - Calcarius lapponicus (female) Roy ..
    As you write, in Norway we have many Lapland Bunting in the northern areas ...
    Beautiful bird..

    Ole Arne

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  4. Wow, what a beautiful bird this is !! I've never seen him, I've never even heard of, Great Bunting!
    The pictures are outstanding! Breathtakingly beautiful!
    Warm regards, Maria

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