Sunday, 22 February 2015

An Excellent Week

I managed three trips out last week and am posting above a few images from the week.The highlight was the appearance of a red throated diver on the lake at Fairhaven.This lovely bird was in immaculate winter plumage and it swam and dived very close to the many photographers and observers present at the lakeside.Two of the many images I took of this super bird head this post.

Another highlight from last week were some very high tides over ten metres.I visited one of my favourite locations near to Southport with Mike. We enjoyed wonderful views of thousands of birds which had been dispersed from the feeding grounds by the very high tides.I was kept very busy with the camera trying to capture the magic that is one of these spectacular wader roosts.

Earlier in the week I visited a well known feeding station close to the River Brock at Brock Bottoms picnic site.This is very handy as you can sit comfortably in your car and photograph the birds which come readily to seed and nuts. It is a particularly good spot to photograph nuthatches and many other common birds.I have shown above a couple of the nuthatch and a hard to resist robin.

Hope you enjoy some of the images above from a busy week with the camera.I will post more from the wader roost in due course.Thanks for looking in and stay tuned for more when the currently very stormy weather settles down again.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Wader Roost

A couple of weeks ago there was a ten metre tide.The big tides are always good for watching wader roosts as the birds are pushed up the beach within range of the big lens.I went to the Southport area to one of my favourite wader watching spots.Mike accompanied me on this occasion and we were to enjoy a fabulous spectacle as the thousands of birds came into the roost.A bonus was the fact that there was very little disturbance from people or dogs and the flocks of birds performed well for the camera.

The usual knots and dunlin were well represented as were many oystercatchers.What was good was the numbers of bar tailed godwits and grey plover present, I was very pleased with the godwit flock shots.I have shown above action shots from the day, which was bright and sunny, giving ideal conditions for flight photography. I hope to return to the same area in a couple of weeks when ten metre high tides again should provide more opportunities for the camera.Thanks for looking in and keep tuned for more accounts of Lancashire's wildlife.