It's that time of the year when summer visibly, audibly, departs on the wings of our birds.
This is when the European rollers and Red backed shrikes are most visible, perch hunting from road side bushes, fattening up before their long migration back to Europe and Asia.
|Red backed shrike|
|Southern carmine bee-eater|
The Southern carmine bee-eaters, so often sighted swooping through the air, just a week ago, have almost totally disappeared. The same with the European bee-eater.
Barn swallows are amassing on telephone wires and dead trees preparing for the long flight back to the United Kingdom.
And one of the most lovely summer sounds, the call of the Woodland kingfisher, is becoming an echoing
Many of our summer-visiting raptors have already departed, but we have still been rewarded with the occasional sighting of the Wahlberg Eagle.
Farewell beautiful birds.........
See you next summer.