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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dispersion underway, Leeshaw Reservoir

                                 Common gulls starting to return

                          Landed briefly in field

  Yellow Legged Herring gull, 4th summer adult plumage

                  Greylags looking to see if it was drowning




  Oystercatcher and chick taken on far back
out of range and in rain.  600mm
         Same shot with 2x converter 1200mm in very
poor light plus converter drops it down another
2 stops of light.
   1200mm Oystercatcher with chick in foreground
          Lapwing behind with its chick to left of pic.

With Fly Flatts well and truly fogged off by 1500 hrs it was over to Leeshaw where visibility was fair with heavy drizzle and torrential rain showers on a W>4. Ideal moving conditions with plenty to keep me occupied for an hour.
                                         Two Common gulls were first in briefly landing in the Little Owl field before moving off >W followed by a constant flow of Black Headed gulls in the same direction, probably around 50 ish and all checked for Terns and Med gulls.
Several LBBs headed up into the NW corner out of sight whilst star of the gull show was the 4th summer Yellow Legged Herring Gull, now in adult plumage . This bird has visited Leeshaw annually since 2014 where it appeared in first summer plumage.
                                       Another sign of dispersion and an odd sighting for this site was a single Willow Warbler which showed briefly before dropping down into the brambles along the track side not to be re located. Way over on the far and distant bank was an Oystercatcher with a young chick along with a Lapwing, also with a young chick. The 2 chicks kept running together on the shore until seperated by the 2 mothers.
                                            A good chance to test the 2x Converter at distance and taking the terrible light conditions , heavy drizzle and the small size of the subjects into consideration I think it performed very well, especially as I was on manual focus.
Need some more of this weather now to keep things going.
BS

2 comments:

Howard Creber said...

Hi Fog,got the Yellow Legged this morning plus Whimbrel, juv Wheatear (far side banking)and Willow Warbler in brambles over wall to left where we park, plus loads of young birds (usual suspects). Leeshaw in general was highly active

Brian sumner said...

Nice onr Comp. W warbs a site tick for me