Saturday, 18 February 2017

Winter Waders.

If ever a bird photographer (notice I never used the awful term "tog") needed a fix after a prolonged spell of dull grey skies and very little camera action then the Waders at Minnis Bay in the sun over high tide is a must. Last Tuesday (15th) with a mid afternoon tide was ideal, the sun was out and even the associated disturbance that comes with a public beach, especially during the half term school holiday, worked in my favour. Sitting on the rocks that form the first groyne westward from the Minnis Bay car park, I waited as the high tide roost of waders that were settled on the beach 50 metres away were continually flushed by dogs and walkers, snapping away at them as they flew past the point of the groyne that I was sitting on and then returning a few minutes later to repeat the process all over again.

Waders seen included Redshank, Turnstones and Sanderling, all caught with the camera above and a solitary Ringed Plover that I missed.Several skeins of Brent Geese flew westward towards Reculver and a pair of Stonechats arrived on the rocks to see what all the fuss was about.

A few Meadow Pipits and at least 6 Pied Wagtails were noted and a Kestrel was seen hovering over the fields on the way back to the car. Two distant Marsh Harriers were also noted out on the Reculver Marsh. It was nice to be out in the sunshine again.

1 comment:

  1. I thought I had left a comment but the technology beat me , try again, very interesting dialogue and quality images, good to see a man who carries on despite of the wind.