29th August - 1st September

September 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I'll be brief...

August 29th: Staveley YWT in the afternoon

Hobby and merlin reported so I decided to give it a go. Public hide enabled me to watch a few dragonflies from quite close and without disturbing them. Here's a migrant hawker - in flight! Hawker DragonflyHawker Dragonfly Next came the merlin: distant view as it perched for some time in a willow. [Hobby not seen]

MerlinMerlin Terrifying noise as this came low over the reserve. I wondered if it was about to crash land but it seemed to make it! Transport PlaneTransport Plane Common terns were feeding over the main lake. Common TernCommon Tern Common TernCommon Tern

I walked to the newer section of the reserve. Storm ahead: by now the light was very poor. Feeling Jurassic?

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August 30th: Bempton

By the time I arrived the greenish warbler that had performed well was proving more elusive. I was pleased to get these less than perfect images given how hard it seemed to see the bird at all. The wing bar is diagnostic. Greenish WarblerGreenish Warbler

Greenish WarblerGreenish Warbler A good year tick!

August 31st Sheila and I ended up [after a family visit in Pontefract] at Humberston Fitties to see a white-rumped sandpiper. Duly seen in my scope but too far for a photo. Probably only my second or third ever, so another excellent year tick.

September 1st: Saltholme

Phil Stead hide for 3 pectoral sandpipers. Two in the first two photos. Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper Breast band shows well here. Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper

252 UK 2017 - Autumn is starting to happen!



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