Sunday, July 24, 2016

Curlew Sandpiper

not pristine of course but still very nice;







WeBS success LX

thought I had better take the camera along to the WeBS count this morning as the number of Dunlin and Goldies had been on the up and there is always hope -- after 2 hours of scanning the 106 Dunlin and seeing nothing they roosted in a more accessible location and an adult Little Stint and adult Curlew Sandpiper were suddenly obvious and offered close approach but the angle was poor and could not change that due to location but cracking birds and you take what you can get when they are 25 feet away!




Dunlin

typically under appreciated - the chaff we look through for something better but the infinitely variable Dunlin deserve better












juvenile Common Tern

the lone survivor from all the nests on the local patch -- presumably Otter or Mink responsible  no protection on the flat pack plastic rafts


Thursday, July 21, 2016

patch Dunlin

not often we get 90 Dunlin on my patch of late as habitats are becoming over run with saltmarsh so rapidly  and they seem to avoid the open estuary mudflats for some reason




a few more scraming Swifts

enjoy them while they are here another 3 weeks and most will have gone for another year









Tuesday, July 19, 2016

screaming Swifts

at last some decent numbers of Swifts round the town yesterday evening and today -- up to 150 at least after a really dismal spring -- one of the true sounds of summer





Monday, July 18, 2016