Am I the only one who's not a little suspicious of this only photo (http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictu...v=1&off=303071?) Or maybe not as I hear only one person was there the next day looking for the bird.
Unless the bird was very approachable, the photographer must have a decent lens, so presumably some sort of good SLR camera - doesn't look like an amateur photographer with a point and shoot (bird is frame-filling). Yet, the photographer doesn't have a digital camera, because they printed the photo. With the blue sky and light on the bird and its eye, looks like a hot Mediterranean-type day at Bolton Abbey.
And really, you get close enough to get this photo and you only have one shot?
I've seen mention that sending a print in, removes anyone examining the EXIF data. Along with the anonymity, I wouldn't waste any petrol searching for this one.
Last edited by Bobolink44; May 13th, 2011 at 07:07 AM.
It was legit alright. Today I've seen the camera, a little Minolta point & shoot. I've checked the sequence of shots before and after the Rock Bunting and it all fits. But best of all, I know the guy who took the shot and there is no way it's not exactly what it claims to be. And anyway, the sun does shine in Yorkshire - sometimes!
I thought that there were four previous British records - two near Shoreham at the end of October 1902, near Faversham 14th February 1905, Spurn 19th February to 10th March 1965 and Bardsey 1st June 1967?As this would be an addition to the British List and the circumstances are a little hazy at present, the record will need to be subject to the very closest attention indeed.
Has there been a review?
Last edited by Russ Heselden; May 14th, 2011 at 11:23 PM. Reason: Something to add!
OK, interesting stuff, thanks for posting justabeginner - great record then.