Day 3 Salt Marsh

Woke up to a dull cloudy morning so headed first to the salt marshes to see what was around ......

Avocets were there in reasonable numbers ........,       

a communal nest dig was going on   !!! 

those curved bills looked perfect for the job  !!

Little egrets were around too but most birds were too distant for decent photo ops

Not sure what this duck is  !    

Black-headed Gull chicks

and surprise surprise ....................    a long way away but nice to see through binoculars   !!  ...................  can you recognise the white bird ?  ! 

No doubting that bill  !!               great hair style too :)   !!

despite having to hard crop this photo it was nice to have a record shot of the Spoonbill  

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Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Nice to see a good number of Avocets Hazel, have they bred there this year ? The salt marshes were always my favourite spot on visits up there

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Wendy S said:
    Nice to see a good number of Avocets Hazel, have they bred there this year ?

    Hi Pete,  yes they did breed but sadly I was told their offspring have been heavily predated this year and only saw 1 chick there today.    

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    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Interesting that and a great shame. We are lucky in that our two local breeding sites have been very successful and we were watching 7 young from three nests this afternoon who were almost the size of their parents

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • The duck I think is a female wigeon. And the white bird in the photo is also a spoonbill. Great photos by the way!!
  • I agree the duck is wigeon, but it is male imo.
  • Many thanks all and also for the ID on the Wigeon, much appreciated.

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    Regards, Hazel 

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

  • Lovely selection of shots, Hazel.

    My bird photos HERE

  • Oooh more, lovely Hazy, love that Spoonbill.

    Lot to learn

  • It may have been a grey day, but definitely not grey photos Hazel, nice to see the avocets, and a spoonbill as well.

    I guess it won't be long now before the avocets fly off, which reminds me, I'm stalking the weather pages at the moment, I understand Burton Mere has bittern youngsters.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Looks like it's been a good few days, Hazel, despite not being "blazing June"!! Some lovely captures, and I bet it felt great to be relatively free of the shackles!