Sunday, October 10, 2004


Skegness is not only bracing but can be character forming!

Rarity hunting is a hit and miss affair. If you go out with high hopes and low expectations you will be happy as usually the low expectations are justified. The trouble comes when a run of reported rarities and apparently excellent weather conditions raise those expectations. Thus when I set out for Skegness with Steve and Katie disappointment was always a possibility. In the end a fair number of Goldcrests couldn't compensate for the paucity of other species. A Lesser Whitethroat, a couple of Chiffchaffs, a Woodcock, a Stonechat, an Avocet, a few Brent Geese and a probable fly over Rock Pipit is not a good return on 6 hours intensive searching on the east coast in October.

The Goldcrests were at least incredibly tame and came close enough to take some photos without the need for further magnification.

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Common Darters were relaxed enough on a fallen tree to attempt the classic eye shot.

Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum)

Nikon CP995.

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