Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Top - Look closer, there is a Glaucous Gull in the middle of the shot. How lucky was that, I didn't even see it in there !

Bottom - I tried to get as many gulls into one frame as possible...

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This morning I thought I would spend a couple of hours in Linton Hide gull watching. On arrival, about four cars were parked in the tiny space. Was there a twitch on? No. The occupants of the vehicles were renovating the hide! Typical.

I decided to check the nearby refuse tip. There were thousands of gulls here and I soon found a juv Glaucous sitting on the banks, but every attempt to get a picture was thwarted when it flew into the surrounding melee of feeding birds. Tim Dean rang to say that the 'Nordic' Jackdaw was at Bothal again so off I went. As I got into the car a second call from Tim was to tell me that it had flown off. But this was just the start of my bad luck for the day...
A further half hour at Bothal had 5 Pink footed Geese and 2 Barnacle Geese with the usual commoner wildfowl. A party of 11 Pied Wagtails and 5 Meadow Pipits on the bankside may have been migrants.

This afternoon I took Bunty on a trek up into the hills. There was no gold to be found in them thar hills today thats for sure. We had 2 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red Grouse, 2 Curlew, 2 Lapwings and several crows. On the way down the hill Trevor Blake rang to tell me that there were two Cranes in a field only about half a mile from the tip I was at earlier!

I hope they linger until tomorrow so I can get them on my way to work.


The Wessex Reiver said...

Hope you get the Common Cranes BB, looks like they're still at QE2 park. Glorious birds.

DorsetDipper said...

had a similar experience with a photo of a Brambling which had more than I expected - its on my site at the moment.

Nice Cranes too.