Sunday, July 20, 2014

Short Sunday

The weather people promised us torrential rain for most of Saturday but none arrived. Instead there was 100% cloud all day long combined with almost continuous and very irritating light showers. It was enough to ruin birding ambitions and save the job until the next day. 

Sunday at 6am started much the same with the sky failing to brighten until 11 am, a moment in time when Uncle Tom Cobley & All hit the Sunday Streets to signal that a birder’s work is done. 

In the meantime there was a Litle Owl at Crimbles again. And at Glasson I  thought there may be a Swallow roost nearby because upon arrival at the yacht basin and the dock there were more than 80 Swallows feeding around the two areas of water.

An hour or two later the only Swallows left were the local Swallows and a more normal 12/15 of them. I grabbed a few photos in the murky light with ISO800 again, but hope to take better ones when the sun shines next. High ISOs seem to destroy colour rendition from the images. One of the young Swallows below is especially fresh from a nest, its downy feathers and yellow gape all too obvious. 

Swallow

Swallow

Swallow

The Common Tern was feeding at Glasson again. It’s the same male which flies off to Conder Green carrying a fish for a female. It’s the male with one tail streamer. A Kingfisher flew across the dock from a boat and landed on a mooring rope but when I walked around to look for the bird it had gone elsewhere. 

Common Tern

Otherwise things were pretty much normal, with a short walk revealing 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Great Crested Grebe. 

 Pied Wagtail

Black-headed Gull

Waders and herons at Conder Green: 130 Redshank, 26 Lapwing, 12 Oystercatcher, 10 Common Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 6 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron. A Peregrine showed all too briefly as it flew over the marsh before disappearing behind trees to the east; I’m sure it will be back to finish off the job. 

Wildfowl: 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Shelduck. 

Lapwing

Two Pied Wagtails here as well as a Grey Wagtail near the bridge where there’s a good stand of reeds and where I spotted 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Reed Warbler. There was a Meadow Pipit still in song over the marsh as it has done all week now.

On the way home a Buzzard circled over Head Dyke Lane, and then over a neighbour’s house a gliding Sparrowhawk heading west towards the river.

If the weather people are to be believed there’s sun for birding next week, We’ll see.

10 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Another great outing, Phil. I love the cute swallows and the Wagtail. And the lapwing is a favorite of mine. Gorgeous birds and photos. Happy Sunday!

eileeninmd said...

Another great outing, Phil. I love the cute swallows and the Wagtail. And the lapwing is a favorite of mine. Gorgeous birds and photos. Happy Sunday!

Carole M. said...

very charming Swallow photographs Phil even though your light conditions weren't up to scratch. on the day. The Common Tern you have come to know is superb and all in all a pleasant outing to report. TFS.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Great captures..Beautiful Young Swallows.. :-)))

carol l mckenna said...

Phil you have the best time and the greatest bird photography ~ Wonderful post for OWT ~ thanks, ^_^

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

I love them all but the baby swallow is precious!

Valerie said...

Wonderful captures Phil. Thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

Beautiful images, love the young swallow!

Indrani said...

Great variety you have. I don't get to see these here.

Marie said...

More lovely shots! I especially enjoy the terns. I remember them (fairy terns) from living for a year and a half on Midway island as a child.

Mary Cromer said...

LOVE the Lapwing, the Black headed Gull is so cool, but you know where I am going to land it on those amazing beauties, my favorite Swallows. Your images are outstanding and I do hope there is yet more nests out there, so you can have even more of the aerial wonders to photograph. I went yesterday and our Tree and Barn Swallows were no where to be found, yet I know where a nest is still working, so will try to get back over there. Have a great day~

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