Tuesday, 29 September 2015

More from Rossall Point

As promised in my last posting I am now adding a few more images of the waders at Rossall Point.These were taken as the high tide was falling and uncovering the sandy beach area.This allowed the sanderling and dunlin to wake up and commence feeding.Not all the birds fed and many continued their siesta in the afternoon sun.

Sanderling are always a delight to watch as they scurry along the beach chasing the waves and looking for food.A group of oystercatchers flew in from the nearby golf course where they had been roosting.It was a lovely scene and I was able to get down on the beach close to where the birds were feeding. I was pleased with the results and some of my better efforts are shown above.My next posting will probably feature the pink footed geese which have been arriving in their thousands this week from their breeding grounds in Iceland.Thanks for looking in and enjoy the current wonderful weather.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Rossall Point...Waders and Wheatears

Last week I made three visits to one of my favourite locations.Rossall Point  is a great place for birdwatching and photography.Last week was settled with some warm weather and reasonable tides.The waders at Rossall have their favored spots for roosting on the beach in and amongst the sandy shingle and pebbles. They are very well camouflaged when roosting and most passers by on the promenade don't even know of their presence.It is a superb spot for photographers as the birds come very close to the promenade and can be very active when probing in the sand and shingle close to the cameras.

The beach groynes are also very good for photography as you can crouch behind them and get even closer to feeding and roosting waders without disturbing them.My first posting concentrates on these close up shots and I have shown a selection of my better images from the week.These show sanderling,the most numerous of the waders,dunlin and ringed plover.I noted that many of the ringed plover were juveniles which points to a successful breeding season.Also on my visits there were some wheatears present and again these gave some very nice opportunities for the camera.One individual in particular was a superbly coloured juvenile and is shown above.My next posting will show flight shots of the waders and also images of the feeding waders on the sandy shore as the tide was falling.Thanks for looking in and stay tuned for more from Rossall Point.