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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
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Just another sign of the times.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waders on the move. Raggalds Flood.

         Raggalds Flood, pulling them in.
                               Little Ringed Plover





                                      Then there were two.





What started off as a quick check of the Raggalds Flood at 1615 hrs turned into a photo session instead leaving little time for Soil Hill. A scan with the bins soon turned up 2 Redshank along with 2 Little Ringed Plovers. The last Plovers here were in heavy rain so just a few record shots but this evening was brightish and dry so time to get Big Bertha in action.
 With tripod up and camera at the ready it was a matter of waiting until the Plovers moved out into the open away from the reeds which they eventually did.
                                                                    Such small birds with a bad background and at great distance is a recipe for disaster but working at 600mm AF and 840 mm MF Bertha did the job and got some half acceptable results.
Also present were 2 Wheatear on the stone pile, a few Swallows overhead, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 DJS who its always good to bump into.
                             A quick check on the Soil Hill hot spots found that there are no Ring Ouzels present as yet but beware, 2 pairs of Blackbirds, one down the tree line and one down the clough.
BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

As ever Bri - good to see you up there and thanks for the tipoff ! Nice shots, superb birds.

Brian Sumner . said...

Always good to have a chat Dave. Hope that knee holds up, cant do with you out of action. If you call in the garage I,ll WD 40 it for you.