Although there are no trips running at the moment to Havergate due to the ongoing pandemic fun & games, I had the opportunity to get across to the island a few weeks ago for a very specific reason involving the big lens - more on that in a bit. However, you can't visit Havergate with a camera and not click the button occasionally, so I thought you might like a thread.
As always in late July, there were plenty of large gulls hanging around, like the Lesser Black Backed
It was raining on and off that day, typical after all the glorious weather this summer to get one of the few dodgy days when I really wanted exceptional photography conditions, but never mind!
Plenty of young gulls around too - though I'm going to let Clare try and work out which species (I always reckon life's too short!)
Sandwich Terns were fishing the river
Whilst Black Tailed Godwits poked around in the muddy margins
Bright legged Redshanks were plentiful
and the Hares seemed to have had a good summer too, quite a number were pottering around and looked nice & healthy
Those who know the Island's history (if you don't, I have a whole presentation I can give you on the subject!) will know it is linked to the Avocet, so it's always nice to see them chilling out here
It was the discovery of nesting Avocets in 1947 that prompted the RSPB to take Havergate on, so they form a wonderful link to the reason my camera had received the invite in the first place. We often see Spoonbills on the Island (especially later in the year) and there has been an effort to encourage them to breed over the last decade or so by building artificial nests, erecting dummy birds etc. This year (after a failed attempt last year), we finally saw young Spoonbills (fondly called Teaspoons!) fledge from the Island. This is believed to be the first successfully breeding Spoonbills in Suffolk for over 300 years, so a real cause for celebration of all the hard work undertaken by the wardens & volunteer work parties. So here you are, long distance and grotty day notwithstanding, the first Suffolk Spoonies in 300 years :-)
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That's great news WJ I've just seen their tweet/video, it mentioned they had tried various ways to get them to nest, is there one thing that worked or a combination of things?. A set of stunning photos.
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Whistling Joe said:
I'm going to guess it's a young herring gull, hatched this year. It doesn't look dark enough for a lesser black-backed, and I don't think the beak is brutal enough for a great black-backed. I love seeing these young gulls around, they are so adorable!
Our herring gulls are red listed birds. Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.
In reply to Clare:
Clare Bailey said:I'm going to guess it's a young herring gull, hatched this year.
See? I knew you'd know :-)
In reply to Whistling Joe:
Whistling Joe said:Confused me as well, I thought perhaps you had an obsession with a certain whisky & cream beverage!
Er....... no. That stuff's disgusting. Anyway, I don't need alcohol to behave oddly.
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