male ruff Philomachus pugnax marshside rspb 18/04/2009, originally uploaded by jason stannage.
I haven’t taken a decent digiscoped still for a few weeks! But I’m happy enough with these few snippets of video spliced together, including yesterday’s Garganey and a couple of the Short-eared Owls at Marshside. Click the HQ button on the player for higher quality, if it’s visible.
I’ve cut this file to MP4 as well, and it looks and sounds far, far better on an iPod than it ever will on YouTube. If anyone wants a copy let me know and I’ll find somewhere to upload it to and link it.
Just an hour at the marsh to clear my head today. I saw three Wheatear round the sandplant – some were reported yesterday on http://www.marshsidebirders.com so these were the first for me this year, but not for the site. Merlin perched up on Crossens outer late on as the light was going, and avocets hard at it in their attempt to take over North Meols. The light had gone by the time the Merlin fulfilled all our wishes, swooping down to tear the avocets to shreds. We can dream …