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! Next came the merlin: distant view as it perched for some time in a willow. [Hobby not seen]

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

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

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.

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. Breast band shows well here.

252 UK 2017 - Autumn is starting to happen!



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