Jun 202019
 

A Black-winged Pratincole was discovered at RSPB Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire on Tuesday 18th June 2019. However the bird disappeared late afternoon and there was no further sight by dusk. It turned up again during the morning of 19th so I decided to go for it. Arrive at around 1pm and the bird was on view and showed well on and off in flight and on the ground.

Always a bit distant for the camera, along with heat haze so only record shots, but managed to get a few that show all the subtle field ID features.

This was a first record for Frampton reserve and my 3rd Black-winged Pratincole for Britain. A superb bird that appeared like a huge swallow and very raptor like as it swooped over the marshes hunting insects. The main ID features are grey-brown upper parts, black underwings, no white trailing edge to wings, limited amount of red on the bill, extensive black lores and the tail is shorter than the wing tips. 

 

Note the tail is shorter than wing tips
Note black underwings
A typical fly-by of a pratincole
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