Monday, 14 September 2020

Wryneck revisited and an American duo

Having seen images on the internet showing the Wryneck at Swalecliffe was still present and becoming a little less elusive, I returned to see if I could get a few more shots of this stunning looking bird. It seemed to disappear for a while but then was usually picked up flying into the surrounding bushes before dropping down onto the grassy perimeter of the football pitch alongside the small brook that runs between the park and the water treatment plant. It was a lot more confiding than on my first visit and being a bit closer, allowed the watching audience, (there were a few) to marvel at the birds superb cryptic plumage detail.

The Wryneck is certainly one smart looking bird.

I caught up with the two Pectoral Sandpipers on the new pools situated south east of the Great Wood on Worth marshes. An area of marshland taken under the RSPB's wing and although not the best place for wildlife photography (subject's are usually a long way off) it shows huge potential, especially if you own a scope. The two Pecs were easily found, foraging alongside the back edge of a small scrape carved out of a field used for grazing cattle. The footpath ran alongside this field and in places the hedgerow was low enough to see over and catch sight of these two American waders as they went about their business. Being short was a hindrance but I did manage a few heavily cropped record shots to mark the occasion.

Not a bad week with the camera and hopefully the rest of September and October will throw up a few goodies. Thanks for looking.

Monday, 7 September 2020

A Weekend of Wheatears and a Wryneck

A visit to Sandwich Bay and Seasalter on Friday (4th September) produced for me the most Wheatears I have seen in a day, with at least 18 being seen along the beach between Sandilands and the Prince's golf course clubhouse and another 10 seen along the seawall at Seasalter from around the beach huts and westward past the white post.  A lot posed on various fence posts allowing me to get quite close with the camera.

A Wryneck found at Swalecliffe favouring  the bushes alongside the brook that runs between the water treatment plant and the football pitches caught my attention and although Long Rock (Swalecliffe) is not a great place to visit due to public disturbance (dog walkers, joggers, cyclists) I thought I would chance my arm on Sunday morning. Arriving early to miss the anticipated weekend crowds, a few birders were already on site and it was only a 30 minute wait until it was first sighted. Relieved it had stayed put overnight, I set about getting a few images that proved a little difficult being down to the habitual nature of this rather attractive species. Keeping at a respectful distance, a few rather distant record shots were taken, all largely cropped to show just how smart a Wryneck is. One of my favorites off the scarcer migrant species that we occasionally see at this time of the year.

My first blog post for a while but I have not really seen much to post about. Hopefully a bit more will turn up through the months of September and October and a few more post will arise from my sightings. 

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