Monday, 3 January 2011

A good start to 2011

I haven't been blogging recent as I have had absolutely no time but I will try to blog more in 2011. I was at St. Mary's today and yesterday and there was a lot of birds there. It started in the car park with a reed bunting and redshanks in the field in front of the second car park. Both providing good views. In the north bay there was waders galore: turnstone, dunlin, curlew, golden plover, lapwing, knot, ringed plover and purple sandpiper. But the highlight came in the north bay on the posts. On the end post sat 2 fantastic snow buntings and they were the tamest snow buntings in have ever seen letting me get within 6 feet of them. They really were lovely. Then as we were leaving we saw a black bird on the sea which at the first glance I thought it was a Slovenian grebe but then after looking at the photos when I got back it looked more like a red-necked grebe but I wasn't sure, if anyone could identify it, that would be great.
Snow Buntings in the North Bay
Red-Necked Grebe?
Lapwing Redshank Ringed Plover
Reed Bunting
Purple Sandpiper

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jack. Good to see you blogging again. The photography skills have not lessened.:-) Some really great shots. I think your right about Red Necked Grebe, but would welcome some other opinions. Brian