Monday, 15 September 2014

Scarce and Rare Birds on the Wirral

With a period of Easterly winds the Wirral got more than it's usual share of rare and scarce birds over the last week or so. At Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB Reserve (or BMW as it is known) there was a good list including a Red-necked Phalarope, Cattle Egret, Little Stints, Curlew Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpiper. Some of these were present for most of the week, if not longer.
Tied in with some high tides I spent a couple of days out with the camera to see what could be done. BMW isn't great for photography and from the old hide unfortunately the birds are a little distant. So this would only be good for record shots. Still, I had a go and managed to photograph the Red-necked Phalarope and Pectoral Sandpiper.

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Red-necked Phalarope

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Pectoral Sandpiper

On the North Wirral coast I photographed Curlew Sandpiper on the beach at Hoylake and the diminutive Little Stint which was roosting with about 500 Dunlin at Leasowe.

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Curlew Sandpiper

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Little Stint

Here are some of the more common species I encountered in a productive couple of days with a bit of decent sunshine.

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Dunlin (It's not marching)
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Grey Heron

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Mute Swan

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Ringed Plover (juvenile)

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Sanderling

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Holidaying in France - Night Herons

Back to my lake in France. As I mentioned before I spent most of the time photographing Night Herons and Little Bitterns. Here are some of the Night Herons, more have been added to my main website.

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