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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

On a run at Fly Flatts, Shelduck.

                                                 1 of 4 Redshank present


             Several Meadow Pipits feeding young
              Best year yet for Dunlin, 1 of 5
                       4 Shelduck in the NE corner
            600mm + 1.4 Converter . Still out of range at 840 mm.
            Distance just out of 600mm range

                          More Dunlin.


An early afternoon 2 hr free time so arrived at Fly Flatts at 1330 hrs with the nasty hot stuff returned but a cooling SW>4 making it more bearable . Mid way through the watch the wind dropped to SW>2 raising the temperature and bringing out the flies. Plenty wader activity with Dunlins now the prominent bird over Common Sandpiper whilst Oystercatchers, Curlews and Snipe were all present.
                                                                          Walking along the west bank and mumbling about a couple with a dog in the water, the sooner the silly season is over the better, I dont know why Lynda and the daughters call me Victor Meldrew, I spotted 4 white dots on the far NE banking.
Possibly gulls but didnt look just right so rather than go back to the car for the scope I continued on the banking until I got within range to see they were Shelduck.
                                                                       I got so the 4 were directly opposite me which was as near as I could get and still out of range but with the tripod up and a bit of messing about I managed some record shots. Nothing in the air today as expected in the sunshine and unfortunately no repeat of yesterdays Osprey incident but the Dunlins and Shelducks gave me enough for me to leave with a smile on my face.
BS

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