Monday, September 24, 2018

Juvenile Gannet, Ring's End/Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire

A cheeky bit of inland 'seawatching' with Will Bowell yesterday afternoon brought this reward (but sadly no skuas). It flew straight in from the north, soared a bit near the A47, then powered with the northerly wind south toward March. It was a PBC tick for Will and bird number 187 of my 2018 PBC area year list. Get in!

Juvenile Little Stint, BLGP 'wader pit'

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Otters, Part 2

More Otters, Part 1

Pectoral Sandpiper, Deeping Lakes LWT, Part 2

Pectoral Sandpiper, Deeping Lakes LWT, Part 1

I found this juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper on the morning of Saturday 15.9.18. It was feeding on a tiny islet right on the northern edge, but just about identifiable even at the biggest range you could imagine at the site. Luckily, it occasionally went to visit closer islands (closer to the southern track where it is best to watch the reserve). I think it may be a first for Deeping Lakes LWT. It was the fourth Pec I have seen in the Peterborough area (and my second find). And luckily several people were able to come and see it from around the area and beyond, over the weekend. It is bird number 185 for my PBC area year list.
Will Bowell and I took a sneaky trip to the north side of the site (which is not strictly in bounds for the reserve; but we made sure this typically confiding North American wader was not disturbed. And it is not as though it is still the breeding season). As a result we were able to get some shots to see all the key features...
Here are the first batch (the second to follow shortly)

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Avocet artwork

Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope, Titchwell RSPB, Norfolk

Willow Emerald Damselfly, Titchwell, Norfolk

There were several of these delicate damselflies at Titchwell RSPB last Saturday (1.9.18), a UK tick for me.This is a male