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.

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