Thursday, October 7, 2010

Mainly Pics

Another bright sunny morning saw me at Lane Ends, not so much pure birding but taking advantage of the conditions and the obliging 20 or so Meadow Pipits and the 3 Wheatears in order to get a few pictures. In any case today’s tide at 32.5 feet was a bit too high. When it’s so high not only does the tide rush in almost too quick to keep tabs on what is happening or to make proper counts but all the birds tend to fly up towards the higher marsh at Bank End, Cockerham or they cross the bay to the Morecambe area.

So that’s the excuse for taking 311 photographs this morning, but it is what it says on the blog label, Bird Watching, Bird Ringing and Bird Photography. As I walked from the car park towards Pilling Water I heard a Reed Bunting fly over plus couple of Siskin and a number of Chaffinches, the latter all very high but just audible. A male Sparrowhawk chased by Carrion Crows shot through the plantation and out of sight.

I just found a likely spot and settled in with the camera. One of the Wheatears took a bath in the tidal puddles before eventually drying itself out on the stones warmed by the sun.

Wheatear

Wheatear

Wheatear

Wheatear

Wheatear

Wheatear

The Meadow Pipits just hung around near the tideline and the rocks where there was food.

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

A dozen or two Redshank also came along the tide line.

Redshank

Redshank

There were plenty of geese about, out on the marsh and dropping into the stubble field before they all spooked off again when someone stopped a car in the gateway then climbed out of it in full view of the wilder than wild creatures.

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

On the way back I called at Damien’s fish shop in Knott End for some Silver Hake for our evening meal, but stopped off for a pic or two of a Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

10 comments:

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

Wonderful shots! Glad to have run across your blog and excited to follow to see what's next :)

Fleetwood Birder said...

Some cracking shots as always Phil.

Paco Sales said...

Otra belleza de fotos, sacas una luz y unos fondos realmente preciosos, un saludo Phil

Phil said...

Gracias Paco - "Another beauty of photos", thanks FB and B&CT. Phil

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What splendid Wheatear images and I love the new Meadow Pipit banner image as well. The one of the Wheatear with it's wings slightly open is really cute~

Dave said...

Your photos are always wonderful!

Unravel said...

Wow these shots are all just perfect! Both the wheatear and the pipit look totally great on those lichen-covered stones.

Ari said...

As usual.... Superb photography, Phil

Brian Rafferty said...

Phil. Some stunning pics here and the Meadow Pipit on the banner is fabulous. Keep up the good work. We might meet up one day !!!

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