Saturday, 2 June 2012

AN ABSURD LITTLE BIRD KEEPS POPPING OUT TO SAY ................




With the last few Saturdays employed elsewhere it was nice to get out with Marc this morning for a few hours.  We parked at the Towers just before 9.30 a.m. and our walk to Cold Harbour gave me an opportunity to add a few species to my year list.  We saw the first of 6 Shelduck and a summer plumage Dunlin before noting an unseasonal Eider sitting happily offshore.  Marc had already had close encounters with a Cuckoo and by the Green Wall we managed to get the closet I have ever been to this usually secretive species.  We managed between us to take some pleasing images.  It certainly was a special moment for both of us.  I added Greenshank to my year list and another addition came in the form of a Razorbill  flying East.  Shoveler, Turfted Duck and Grey Heron were added to the notebook and whilst drinking our obligatory cup of coffee a nice surprise came in the form of an unseasonal Guillemot, once again flying East.  3 relatively close Gannets joined the Guillemot flying East.  We found 2 distant Common Buzzard and 2 Peregrine Falcons were  added on our return walk.  A single Grey Partridge was sighted by the Roman Galley and our last hour was spent trying to find a Red Kite, unsuccessfully although we did find a rather impressive display from the Red ....Arrows. 

However, it was not totally wasted as a single Ring-necked Parakeet was an addition to the year list.

5 comments:

  1. Well, I had to come back for these! Wonderful photos and as I said on Marc's post I was happy just to hear and get a brief glimpse of one recently. Sadly, they are so much less common here now than they used to be!

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  2. As with my comments to MH, a difficult bird to find these days let alone to photograph at this quality....great stuff Phil.

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  3. Nice shots Phil, they have come out very well.

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  4. Well done Phil. Top quality shots of a truly significant bird in British country life - and one which many of us (me included) have barely caught a glimpse of.

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  5. Very nice photos Mr Parker, your getting the hang of the canon now I see.

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