Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Autumn Wednesday 5 - Estuary Wildlife

Bearded Tits - a good image is worth repeating!
(c) 2007 Maurice Gordon
Stonechat (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Stonechat [female] (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Togetherness is keeping a certain distance apart....
(c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Curlew (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon
Redshank & its footprints!
Kestrel (c) 2008 Aileen Urquhart
It's behind you!
Tasty! (c) 2008 Aileen Urquhart
Mute Swan Cygnets (c) 2008 Aileen Urquhart
Today represents the first time I've had Bearded Tits (4+) on two consecutive days and at 2 different locations. Also today male Marsh Harrier (pm), c.20 Wigeon (pm), c.1000 Pink-footed Geese (pm), 4 Stonechat, Snipe, c.50 Golden Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, c.20 Shoveler, c.100 Teal, Ringed Plover, Shelduck etc.

However, the most remarkable event apart from the dog training exercise - it does take place outside 1970s Blue Peter progs! - was at the end of the afternoon session. We were asked by a very polite self-appointed dictator, not to take up every viewing place overlooking the estuary. Apparently, we were blocking up places pre-booked by people who come "every day" to look at the view, and they can't bear not being able to look at it for one day while the location is introduced to some people who have never been there before! They obviously aren't happy at sharing "their" car park with incomers!

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