18th-19th July 2017

July 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Local gems

18th July - Fairburn Ings, New Flash. I saw the cattle egret on the 17th after a rush from home without camera. It was [relatively speaking] quite close on Spoonbill Flash. Following day I saw it distantly with Sheila on New Flash. Photographed from the road, I gave it, as it were, my best shot!

Cattle EgretCattle Egret Cattle EgretCattle Egret 19th July - Swillington Ings, Alkborough Flats and North Cave. Barry and I headed first for Oulton part of St. Aidan's [or Swillington Ings as I'm used to calling it] to see a caspian tern. Big bird but not quite close enough to photograph. We headed east to Alkborough Flats...

Lots to see from the hide. Waders including curlew, black-tailed godwits, avocets.

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Any opinion anyone of the identity of the bird in the centre of this next photo? Avocets, Black-tailed GodwitsAvocets, Black-tailed Godwits A little egret flew over, a dunlin wandered the shoreline too.
Little EgretLittle Egret DunlinDunlin At first the light was quite poor - dull, overcast sky. For a moment I thought I saw a spotshank and told Barry but in the poor light I changed my mind. This photo has been brightened up in Photoshop. Spotted redshank. Spotted RedshankSpotted Redshank

Crowd scenes - and introducing the dozen or more spoonbills we saw. AvocetsAvocets SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill

Nothing like an alarm flight. AvocetsAvocets AvocetsAvocets Spoonbill dossier! SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill SpoonbillSpoonbill More wader shots including avocets, godwits and greenshank. AvocetsAvocets Black-tailed GodwitBlack-tailed Godwit Black-tailed GodwitBlack-tailed Godwit AvocetsAvocets

GreenshanksGreenshanks The little birds in the reedbed were difficult to capture in the steady breeze. Here's a few shots of reed warbler and juvenile bearded tits. Reed WarblerReed Warbler Reed WarblerReed Warbler Bearded TitBearded Tit Bearded TitBearded Tit Bearded TitBearded Tit

We headed over the Humber Bridge to North Cave. I hoped to photograph some dragonflies. A combine was at work in North Field. Combine HarvesterCombine Harvester Empress dragonflies were ovipositing. Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly

Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Joke photo amused me... Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly

Black-tailed skimmer Black-tailed SkimmerBlack-tailed Skimmer Black-tailed SkimmerBlack-tailed Skimmer Four-spot chaser Four-spot ChaserFour-spot Chaser Four-spot ChaserFour-spot Chaser

Common darter

This man means business. Approach with care!! BarryBarry

245 UK 2017


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