Friday, October 18, 2013

Short Changed Again

I did the usual circuit this morning and it looked like being a repeat of Thursday’s effort, bright early on with the threat of rain for later. It was a rerun - its 2pm and the rain arrived as promised. 

There were a few Chaffinches on the move again at Fluke Hall but my few hours were to be dominated by Skylarks. From Fluke I could hear the Whooper Swans going noisily about their family squabbles. When I looked from the sea wall I could make out 20 beyond the sea wall, this time with 5 Mute Swan and 15 or more Shelduck. Later I was to see 300+ Shelduck on the incoming tide. 

Whooper Swans

After 15 minutes I’d had just two parties of a total of 18 Chaffinches coming from the west, a few Greenfinches, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Tree Sparrows and 15 or more Skylarks. I decided to walk to Pilling Water and circuit back via Fluke Hall Lane. 

There was a Grey Wagtail feeding in the ditch behind the sea wall, the autumn something of a “grey wag” one whereby I’ve had almost daily sightings. Skylarks were constant, either rising from the stubble as I passed by or arriving from the North and North West as the tide came in. My notebook totalled 80+ from Skylarks from Fluke Hall to Fluke Hall via the sea wall, Pilling Water and Fluke Hall Lane. There was a flock of 40+ Linnets along the wall too - a good number in respect of recent counts here and elsewhere. 

Skylark

Eight Little Egrets on the marsh, 400+ Teal, 1200 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 80 Golden Plover, 800 Knot, 300 Dunlin, 340 Curlew and 40+ Redshank. 

It was too grey for pictures today so here are some new ones I gathered of  Curlew and Redshank on Thursday, a day when the sun shone all too briefly. They may both be common species in this part of the world but they are as wild as hell and oh so difficult to approach for a photograph. 

Don't forget to "click the pics" for a close up view.

Curlew

Redshank

Redshank

Redshank

Curlew

Curlew

Curlew

 Curlew

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16 comments:

Andrew Fulton said...

Fantastic images Phil... lovely birds to see.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Phil You saw a great selection and took wonderful shots of the Curlew and Redshank.

eileeninmd said...

Great variety, Phil! I love them all! Beautiful shots, happy birding!

Scott said...

Terrific shots, Phil!

Kay L. Davies said...

Love the skylark, Phil, and you got great shots of the curlew and redshank 'stepping out'!
K

TexWisGirl said...

great shorebirds! i like that spunky skylark. :)

Carol L McKenna said...

Always excellent bird photography ~ love the skylark ~ reminds of the song 'skylark' that I used to play on the piano ~ happy weekend to you ~ carol, xx

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the bird.

Mama Zen said...

Lovely shots!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous photos of the birds. This time of the year the lack of light is becoming a problem. There usually isn't much light even during the few hours of daylight.

Stewart M said...

I do like the "dance move" the R/shank is pulling! Looks like a 80s through back!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pia said...

Greats bird shots as ever Phil. I especially love the Skylark. He has a super hairdu :-)

Anni said...

The 'usual' day again? Deja vu, huh? Lordy, if I saw THOSE numbers you describe, I'd be in birding heaven.

Amazing images too!! As always.

EG CameraGirl said...

OH! I love your photos of the redshanks and curlews! Wonderful!!

Laura said...

Beautiful series!

Our photos said...

You have make beautiful birds photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

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