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Desert Wheatear (Oenanthe deserti)

  The Desert Wheatear is a very rare visitor to Britain. If an Eastern race bird does land here, it has been blown off course quite a bit as it would have been on its way from its breeding grounds in central Asia to its wintering grounds in Pakistan and northeast Africa.
On 25th October 2012, a beautifully marked 1st winter male was delighting birders at Worthing Splash Point (West Sussex). Virtually tame, it was flitting around the rocks and actively feeding - and not at all bothered by people or cameras. The little beauty was confident enough to make eye contact with his many fans. What a bird, and such a little poser!

male desert wheatear photo desert wheatear on rock desert wheatear Worthing
desert wheatear photo by Sandra Palme 1st winter male desert wheatear desert wheatear
male desert wheatear desert wheatear photo desert wheatear Oenhanthe deserti
desert wheatear photo male desert wheatear picture Oenhanthe deserti bird
desert wheatear bird photo desert wheatear Worthing Splash Point desert wheatear bird
Oenhanthe deserti desert wheatear desert wheatear photo desert wheatear October 2012
desert wheatear with fly desert wheatear rump Oenhanthe deserti