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Friday, August 19, 2016

Wind, rain and mist, perfect stuff for the reservoirs. Oxenhope reservoir, members only.

  Mega distance shot in torrential rain and mist
  Taken with Canon bridge camera 50 x.
                               3 on the waters edge

Midday and Queensbury was shrouded in thick fog but by the time we got back from shopping duties the heavy rain and SW wind had closed in lifting the fog into a low mist cloud.
As any birder knows, this is the stuff required for movement around the reservoirs so it was head for Oxenhope reservoir.
On arrival the cloud base was low but enough visibility to scope the far shore although the rain was now torrential and by the time I,d got on to the hide I was dripping.
Gulls were plentiful with around 400 LBBs, 200 BH gulls and 19 Herring gull, 2 of which were adult Yellow Legged.
As I checked through the Black Headeds for Med gull, which was near impossible in the conditions,
3 small waders flew across the vision of the scope with wing bars , a bright white flash up their backs and bright orange legs which straight away put them as Turnstone.
                                              After about 15 minutes the trio returned settling opposite the hide to preen in the waters edge briefly before dashing around the shore in amongst the gulls. The birds were very mobile flying from one end of the res to the other but always returning to the same spot . They were still present as I left.
Another soaking walking along the banking back to the car but that failed to take the smile off my face.
BS