Friday, August 17, 2012

Never Give Up On A Good Thing

Eno didn’t give much hope of decent weather this morning. In fact I nearly didn’t go to Pilling except that about 0930 the spots of rain gave up and sun came out instead. 

 Eno's Warning

"Don't go birding"

At last, a guest appearance by Wheatear with just a single juvenile along the sea wall so chance to give the meal worms a day out in the sunshine, and ten minutes later the bird was literally in the bag, then ringed and measured at 93mm wing length. 

Wheatear - juvenile

Wheatear - juvenile

The wildfowlers' pools held a good number of duck today with more than 150 Teal, 4 Wigeon and many Mallards, most of the latter ex-layers now put out to grass. The Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper of late are still about, unlikely to be seen in the deep ditches unless startled into flight by spooked Teal. A number of the Teal flew back and forth to the marsh where 2 Peregrine awaited them, and I watched one of the pegs return to the edge of the sand after taking a half-hearted dash at a group of the duck. Teal have such tremendous flying ability, fast, twisting and unpredictable changes of direction that for photographs it’s a case of point and shoot then hope for the best. 



 Little else to report: 15 Shelduck, 450 Curlew, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Skylark, 4 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch, 30 Swallow heading south. 

It proved a short outing because to be fair to Eno and the BBC, the rain came back, enough to wet me through on the return walk to Lane Ends where I finished on Little Grebe, another Sparrowhawk and 2 Pied Wagtail.


Russell said...

Serious looking weather forecast and love the wheatear photos not to mention the teal and the peregrine. Good bit of action for poor weather.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The wheatear shots are so crisp. Great shot of the peregrine flying. You had a good day for birding!

grammie g said...

Hey Phil...Whats with the warning...haven't you had rain all summer...I would think it should be a warning if the sun shines!! Sunburn, blinding bright light,don't leave the mealy worms out of the frozen state to long in the car,and etc!!
Well at least you got some time out with the birds to do a little tweeting ; }!!
Love the photo of the Teals...that bar is so pretty on there wings!!
Nice new header of the Humming bird hahaha!! Ya I know the heat has gotten to me, but today is much nicer then it has been in a long time!! : }
Your friend in the sun!!

Isidro Ortiz said...

Precioso ejemplar de Collalba gris juvenil.Las capturas en vuelo estupendas.Saludos

Rohrerbot said...

Well you still had a productive day:) Those shots of the Wheateater are nice. Love the coloring of this bird. Hope it lets up again for awhile. Chris

eileeninmd said...

Phil, I hope you get a break, with this awful weather you are having. I love the Wheatear, just beautiful. And the teal shot is awesome. Looks like a great day. Happy Birding and have a great weekend.

DeniseinVA said...

Well, I'm glad it stopped raining long enough so that you could share these lovely photos. Gorgeous birds!

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