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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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This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Patience and Determination pay off. Fly Flatts

Over the last few days I have stuck in at Fly Flatts waiting patiently for a fly over in the way of Raptors, Terns or Whimbrel and on every visit there Ive noted the water slowly receding and shoreline starting to appear. Redshank, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Dunlin and Common Sandpiper were showing but mainly at the north end and very flighty with limited shoreline to land on.
                                                     Unfortunately the persistent strong,cold winds have kept the skies quiet and this evening was no exception with a near gale NE > 6-7 with specks of light rain  and cloudy skies. The difference this evening was shoreline at the SW and SE corners which are already attracting the birds which seem to favour the south end. Remember May 2011 when the water was at an all time low and the SE corner held 19 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, Sanderling and Little Ringed Plover for several weeks whilst a Bar Tailed Godwit was on the eastern shoreline.
                                                        This evening I walked the length of the reservoir, or should I say got blown, and just got the usual Common Sandpipers, Wheatear etc but as I got back to the south end watching several Common Sandpipers using the new shoreline a smaller bird flew over the water then the high pitched call, Dunlin. I noted where it landed and on getting closer I picked out another 3 in amongst the stones on the shoreline.
                                                               Next job was tripod up and camera fixed but it was difficult in the wind as if I got the set up low down out of the wind I lost sight of the birds with no chance of hand held in the conditions. The birds were struggling walking on the edge of the water and kept getting blown over which made them very flighty so every time I got set up they would move to another position. After about 30 minutes I,d got the photos I wanted so  I quietly moved away leaving them struggling on the waters edge.
                                                         DJSs gull movement >NE had dried up this evening or I did,nt see any. Being busy getting the Dunlin pics I probably missed 6 Osprey over my head!

                                 White water rapids
                    Waves lashing up the SW shoreline
                   Hercules over again
                      Shoreline showing SW corner
       Much to the pleasure of the Common Sandpiper
 This is the one to watch, SE corner.
                      1 of 4 Dunlin in full summer plumage


 You,ve got to admit, these little waders
                          are mind blowing.


          Just as happy in the water as out






  All pics taken with Canon 7d mk1 + Sigma  600mm lens



BS

2 comments:

David Sutcliffe said...

Ohhhh - very nice Bri. Great work !

Brian Sumner . said...

Ta Dave.Forgot to put, the Nolstar field was empty other than 2 Pied Wags and 2 Curlew.