Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Lockdown [Easing] Moorland Birds from a Car

Today was long forecast to be sunny and warm, so I thought it was a good time to visit a "nithering" location.  This is somewhere where it is possible to photograph all the birds without leaving the car, so social distancing was easy.  Virtually all of these photos were taken from the safety of the car either from the road, or pulled over onto a grassy verge.  I did have to step out briefly to get a Curlew photo.  Afterwards I drove towards Helmsley and passed many small car parks absolutely rammed with cars.  Hopefully, once they disembarked they kept at least 6 feet away from people they weren't living with, but I wouldn't have felt comfortable among such crowds.  Here's the results of today's visit with this morning's moths, and yesterday's Yellowhammer.
Golden Plover - the Holy Grail
Male Lapwing
Female Lapwing
Lapwing Chick
Male Red Grouse 
 Male Red Grouse
 Female Red Grouse - lack of wattles
 Red Grouse Chick
 Curlew Landing
 Female Curlew?
 Moody Curlew in Flight
 Meadow Pipit
 Lime Hawk Moth
 Bright-line Brown-eye
Micro Moth

 Yesterday's Yellowhammer

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