Friday, 12 August 2011

Shanks For The Memories

I spent yesterday guiding in the rain and despite growing webs between my toes managed a decent haul of birds. Pick of the bunch were a couple of juvenile Spotted Redshanks at Druridge Pools. After another couple of hours seawatching this morning I headed back up with the camera to see if they were still about as the sea had been quiet. (40+ Common Scoter, 2 Bonxies and 3 Arctic Skuas, 2 White-beaked Dolphins south and an unidentified cetacean/dolphin breaching).

The Druridge main pool hide is tricky at the moment with quite a few strands of tall grass preventing a clear view as with this Common Sandpiper below.

After initially feeding along the south western edge, the two spotshanks flew in front of the hide and did their stuff for a short while before nipping to the north side. A juvenile Ruff was also in front of the hide briefly.

Little Egrets at Longhirst Flash (1) and Bothal Pond (2) completed a drier morning than yesterday.