2021 Meetings

Friday January 8th 2021, 7.30 pm, entry from 7.20 pm,using the Zoom video platform

'Bermuda's birds: 400 species for 21 square miles' by Andrew Dobson

Andrew had a life-long career in teaching. He moved to Cambridge in 2018 after nearly 30 years in Bermuda. He was President of the Bermuda Audubon Society and his ‘Birdwatching Guide to Bermuda’ is now out of print. He is serving a second term as President of Birds Caribbean and is a regional editor for North American Birds. His bird photos have appeared in many books, journals and travel magazines.

In his talk, previously given to the Linnaean Society of New York, he will explain how an isolated island of only 21 square miles and with 20 breeding species can have recorded nearly 400 bird species. The reasons for the relatively large number of species will be discussed, including Bermuda’s isolation from other land areas, its situation in relation to the Gulf Stream, migration routes and weather patterns experienced in the autumn months. Andrew will highlight the remarkable story of the Bermuda Petrel or Cahow – a great conservation success.

Photo: Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak (image by Mike Watson/Birdquest)

Friday February 12th 2021, 7.30 pm, entry from 7.20 pm, using the Zoom video platform

'Birds of Oman' by Mike Watson

Mike Watson has been a wildlife enthusiast since he was a child, growing up in Northeast England on Tyneside in the 1970s, and has always had an interest in nature and photography. In 2004, after a 20 year career in banking, he decided to quit to travel the world. Since joining tour company Birdquest in September 2005, he has guided on all seven continents to a wide variety of destinations.

Mike will be talking about his many visits to the Sultanate of Oman, the most exciting birding destination in the Middle East. Situated on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, it has a wide variety of birdlife from Middle Eastern specialities to Palearctic, Afrotropical and Oriental migrants as well as some special seabirds - and all this in some of the most dramatic desert scenery in the world.

Friday March 12th 2021, 7.30 pm, entry from 7.20 pm, using the Zoom video platform

Club AGM followed by 'Bempton Cliffs & Filey Bay - Seabird Nirvana' by Mark Pearson

From the natural harbour of Filey Brigg to the towering chalk of Bempton Cliffs, one of Yorkshire's most iconic and breathtaking panoramas also just so happens to the best bay for birds on the east coast. Home not only to a glittering cast of breeding seabirds (Gannets & Puffins included), but also to a mouth-watering roll-call of passage and wintering goodies, including skuas, divers, shearwaters, sea-ducks, shorebirds and more. Join Mark for a special version of his acclaimed Birdfair talk through four seasons in one bay!