Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Wader Day

I very nearly went looking for insects today but the calm sunny conditions early in the day deteriorated to cold, breezy showers so I decided to head off down the Nene Washes. What a good decision this turned out to be.

The 4 Avocets present at the weekend had grown to 6, there were now 2 Grey Plovers and two other quality waders had dropped in: a Spotted Redshank, just commencing moult from winter plumage and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits. All four are scarce waders for the area so this was quite a haul.

With the regular Black-tailed Godwit, Redhsank, Ruff, Snipe, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Dunlin that made eleven wader species present.

It was dull and windy and the birds far off so brace yourself for some seriously enhanced images.

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica and Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20 & x32

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