Another very fleeting visit with Django, the dog, tonight. Little to photograph except the resident Kestrel once again, who poses for me very readily. I think he has one eye on Django as a likely snack. The midges had similar thoughts about me.
My mooching around the house all day, being off work sick, was clearly too much for the family, who persuaded me that a bit of fresh air would do me good, and dumped me and the dog at the end of Marshside Road some time after 6pm. Rumours of a Great White Egret having flown over at 5pm were quickly scotched by a phone call, which also advised that the Spotted Redshank was still viewable from Nel’s at the time it was locked up, and sure enough it was ‘scopable even from Junction Pool but a photo was out of the question. So the highlight of this short visit was this Whinchat. Having seen, but failed to get a decent image of, the bird in the sandplant on Saturday, this one was at least eventually sufficiently obliging for me to get these record shots. A probable Tree Pipit flew over the sandplant, which had plenty of Wheatear around.
Easter Monday, from the bench at the Marshside Rd junction.
A few more from Jason’s Flickr collection, starting with a stunning Skylark at Meols on the Wirral last weekend.
This Snow Bunting was at Red Rocks in February 2008
From October 2006, not the bird that was on Rimmer’s Marsh earlier this week but similar plumage and photographed in precisely the same location. Photos cropped from original taken with a Coolpix 995, no other processing.
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 …
From Sandgrounders Hide at Marshside today, this Black-tailed Godwit posed nicely ~
This was taken a couple of years or so ago, when a pair of drake Garganey – a relatively scarce UK duck – spent a few months at Marshside in the spring. Photo from Nels Hide, on an old Coolpix 995, through the ‘scope.
Just a test of how photoblogging might work for me …
Digiscoped on my usual set up – p5100 through Swarovski ATS80HD ‘scope, Llobregat delta – other side of the airport to the Filipines Nature Reserve, near the mouth of the river, 1st March 2009