A few from the Wirral

Gorgeous day today, plenty of blue sky and sunshine so headed out to the Wirral peninsular to see what was around.     Wallasey first but not much around except a lovely Pied Wagtail;  tide was quite far out so not many waders were close enough in for photos.

Then it was on to Leasowe;    Curlews were top of the menu as tide had crept in further 

One caught a tasty crab breakfast but sadly a Carrion Crow came in and stole it after the Curlew dropped it

not a very good shot as the action happened so quickly but the Curlews were not impressed ! 

Bit of an awkward landing but there were a couple of L.Egrets around 

almost got a Redshank in flight

and on the water

little and large 

overhead gulls,  black-headed Gull    

the light was perfect for photography - even if my eyes aren't ! 

Carrion Crows were opening shells to gain their breakfast …...

when not stealing crabs from Curlews ! 

Turnstones

Curlew catching up with its mate 

Although the Short Eared Owls were seen both at Parkgate and Denhall Quay we didn't spot any but did see a distant Kestrel and I think I heard someone say there was a Marsh Harrier;   with estuary birds too distant I opted to watch the Blackbirds raiding the berries ……….

Greenfinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrows, Long Tailed Tits, Robins and Reed Buntings were seen and also a distant Stonechat  - here's what I managed to catch on camera 

pretty female Reed Bunting 

and even a cock pheasant on somebody's roof  ! 

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Regards, Hazel 

"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Lovely collection, Hazel, and good to see you had some sun today. Love the Curlews and a shame one lost its lunch to a Crow. The Egrets seem to shine when captured against the blue water. Also love the Blackbirds eating berries. You have your Christmas cards there already. Amazingly, there was some sun down here today as well--almost didn't recognise it!

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • Thanks so much Ann, it was wonderful to see the sunshine and to have not even a breeze in the air it almost felt like summer again, despite an early morning temperature of 1 and half degrees and having to de-ice the car first. Went to bed early after posting up the pics as didn't sleep the night before for some reason (probably 'cos I had to get up so early !) and then I woke at 4.30am this morning thinking …… did I just write Lesser Black back gull on one of the photos when I knew it was a Black-headed gull ….so I'm up early to change it lol I must have been tired as slept like a log after all that sea air.

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Hazel....up at 4,30...... go away imposter, bring the real Hazel back 

    Beautiful set Hazel, looked a really good day out, thanks for sharing

  • What a beautiful looking day, Hazel. The water is like a mirror. Lovely collection of photos. Naughty Crow stealing the Curlew's crab. If only that Blackbird eating the berry had been a Waxwing. One can only fantasize.

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    TeeJay said:
    If only that Blackbird eating the berry had been a Waxwing. One can only fantasize.

    Can't be far from us now TJ, read of sightings in Norfolk & Suffolk couple of days ago!

     

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  • Cracking shots Hazel especially the Curlews they are a bit special.
    Waxwings in Lowestoft at the minute and one in Sheffield.

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  • Thanks all, couldn't fault the weather yesterday and sea air.    Found a couple more Curlew shots …..

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Great selection of birds Hazel, some lovely photos -light is gorgeous ,looks like a great area too , Especially like your 3 Redshanks in flight. Nice to have some blue skies for a change wasn't it
    Jayne
  • In reply to welshlass:

    Thanks Jayne,  the day was beautiful, so good to be by the coast again and water was like a mirror except when the tide was rushing in towards the end !   

    welshlass said:
    Especially like your 3 Redshanks in flight

    and here's me thinking they were Turnstones  ;)

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Sorry Hazel, I'm turning your Turnstones into Redshank-I have no excuse living in cornwall where I see both species regularly,lol ! Your 3 Turnstones in flight photo is lovely