11 April 2013 19:39
© GW - monacoeye.co, all rights reserved • Hyeres • May 2009
Bird name: Eurasian Curlew
Latin: Numenius arquata
Other: Courlis cendré (Fr)
Family: Scolopacidae • Curlews
Range: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Eurasian Curlew is a large wader with a massive bill. Seen here in Hyeres, France, in April.
Eurasian Curlew, Hyères, Frace, April 2013
30 March 2013 19:54
© GW - monacoeye.com, all rights reserved. Gambia, Feb 2013
Bird name: Black Winged Stilt
Latin: Himantopus himantopus
Other: Echasse Blanche (fr), cigüeñuela común (Es), pernilongo (Pt), Stelzenläufer (De), cavaliere d'Italia (It), steltkluut (Nl)
Family: Recurvirostridae - Stilts, Avocets
Range: W Europe, Med, C Asia, to sub-Saharan Africa, S & SE Asia
Many Black-winged Stilts seen in Gambia in February, especially at the Kotu sewage ponds. Also Hyères, France, May.
Black-winged Stilts are easily identified by their very long pink legs and long thin straight black bill. Various amounts of black and white on head and neck, depending on sex, age and regional variations.
Black-winged Stilt in flight, Hyeres • May 2009
Black-winged Stilts have exceedingly long legs, Kotu sewage dump, Gambia, Feb 2013
Black-winged Stilt in flight, Hyeres, France • May 2009
28 March 2013 17:38
© GW - monacoeye, all rights reserved, Gambia, Feb 2013
Bird name: Sandwich Tern
Latin: Sterna sandvicensis
Other: Thalasseus sandvicensis • Sterne caugek (fr), Charrán patinegro (Es), Brandseeschwalbe (De), Beccapesci (It), grote stern (Nl)
Family: Laridae • Gulls, Terns
Range: Coastal S America, C America, W Africa, Arabian Peninsula, india
Above, a few Sandwich Terns (left of picture) seen in Gambia mixed in with other terns and gulls.
They are about the same size as the Grey-hooded Gull in the foreground, and much smaller than the Caspian Tern to the right.
Sandwich terns have black bills with yellow tips.
Sandwich Tern in flight, Hyeres, France, summer plumage.
04 January 2012 09:00
Copyright: monacoeye • Do not copy without permission • Camargue Jan 2012
Bird name: Meadow Pipit
Latin: Anthus pratensis
Other: Pipit farlouse (Fr), Pipit des prés • Wiesenpieper (De) • Bisbita pratense (Es) • Pispola (It) • Graspieper (Nl) • Ängspiplärka (Sv) • Petinha-dos-prados (Pt)
Family: Motacillidae • Pipits
Range: Europe, Asia, North Africa
Similar: Water Pipit
Meadow Pipits seem fairly common on remote beaches on the South coast of France.
I saw dozens in the Camargue in January - every few yards along some beaches - with White Wagtails.
Difficult to differentiate the various types of Pipit, so treat ID with caution, but I understand the Meadow Pipit is the only one locally likely to inhabit beaches.
08 May 2009 08:18
08 May 2009 08:02
Photos copyright: monacoeye • Hyeres, France • May 2009 • Do not copy without permission
Bird name: Common House Martin
Latin: Delichon urbica
Other: Hirondelle de fenêtre
Family: Hirundinidae • Swallows & Martins
The House Martin is a small migratory Martin with white body and dark tail and wings.More photos...
07 May 2009 16:12
Bird name: Kentish Plover
Latin: Charadrius alexandrinus
Other: Pluvier / Gravelot à collier interrompu
Tags: Plovers & Lapwing • Waders
Photos: monacoeye • Hyeres • May 2009
This Kentish Plover was at some distance on a salt pan in Hyeres, hopefully I’ll get a better shot eventually …More photos...