Salt Marshes Day 2

Day 2 up at Silverdale after a disappointing lack of sightings yesterday.      This morning it was bright and sunny so decided to head to the salt marsh area first.   Mainly black-headed gulls but did see a handful of Avocets,  distant Little Egrets and Black-tailed Godwits.          

Not really what I was expecting to see wading     LOL 

then one tried to join us in the hide   !!!

Black-headed Gulls were plentiful .......      I rather like them with their white eye ring, gentle amber eyes and chocolate head ;)

this cosy couple were bill to bill, one coaxing the other to regurgitate some food  !

Some places need an extra special effort to reach when it comes to preening ......................     

looks like this one is standing on a fish with a goose head !

land this one is landing on full speed with tail stream   !!     

Whoaaaah   !!     heading off course at full speed ..............         

 (I haven't got a clue where planet Jupiter came from - it wasn't anywhere in photo edit !  )    spooky ! 

and managed to land off the runway ! 

The Audrey Hepburn of birds next...........the Avocet 

2 Oystercatchers arrived -  this was the tall lanky one with two carrots for a bill  !

the path to the salt marsh where the reeds have grown so tall you can't see the birds they are so well hidden  !      

and yes the sky was that blue this morning :)


Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Lovely pics Hazel. Love the Avocet. Black headed gulls are adorable, I was watching them the other day as they were hanging about BurgerKing hoping for a chip !
    Nice you got better weather today...long may it continue

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • I would have been a little wary with that four legged creature trying to get into the hide!!!!! Love the BH Gull pics, especially the Jupiter intruder, strange, , no wonder it is having something to say about it!! Lovely Avocets, they look so elegant always.

    Lot to learn

  • Lovely photos Hazel, including the 'inquisitive' cattle, but then I do have a bit of a soft spot for cattle, having worked with both dairy and beef cattle as a teenager.

    I often like quite bird days, it seems to give the insects a chance to shine, if shine is the right word.


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  • Lovely photos of the Avocets. My goodness those reeds are high.



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