Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Venus Pool - Whimbrel

Having had distant views of the Whimbrel at Noneley last Saturday, nice to see one drop in at the old patch (cheers Dawn) despite the fact I couldn't get down there until late morning!

It was still there, having befriended a Greenshank (also the first for the year) but annoyingly distant on the back of the island in front of the Memorial hide...




Eventually, spooked by a rampaging Oyk, it flew, calling constantly...






Unbelievably, a lucky Jim moment was to follow as it landed on the shingle island in front of the hide!!




Clearly in no mood for more hassle from the Oystercatcher, it hung around and posed...





Hard to pick a favourite but maybe this one?


One or two images of the Greenshank to follow...

Venus Pool - Greenshank

Why should the Whimbrel get all the attention... Here's his best mate - a Greenshank...


It took some doing to isolate the shank without the Whimbrel in the frame!


Setting off and risking more affray with the Oystercatcher!






Happy landings indeed, just as well they were simply tired and having a breather on migration. We're talking serious mud deprivation at the moment!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Venus Pool - Common Sandpiper

A Common Sandpiper has been present for the past couple of days but usually very distant down by the relocated Sand Martin box (presumably as there's some mud there?) Today was my lucky day as it came within range for some decent images despite the dull conditions.

A quick flight across the pool and here it comes...


Initially appearing a bit wary...




But then, best foot forward, searching for small insects...








Just one brief moment in the open, free from clutter!


But it didn't last long!


A little light relief from Osprey vigil, at least two reported over Shropshire airspace today but no joy here...

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Adderley - Black Redstart

An afternoon roaming flooded wader scrapes with Dave Chapman didn't turn up  anything of note unless you can count Common Sandpiper (Venus Pool) or LRP (Wood Lane) And with news of a (male) Black Redstart near Adderley, Whixall Floods never got a look in!

Here's a few record shots of this cracking bird at Bank House Farm, taken during a 15 min 'in' - many thanks Huw Lloyd! If only we could have had blue sky!


Treating us to an all angle display!




Just look at those wing panels!!








Certainly putting the 1st winters to shame - what a little beauty...

Monday, 19 March 2018

Polemere - Ringed Plover

Every wader in Shropshire at the moment counts. Whilst normally 'slow' this year hasn't got into first gear yet! And this Ringed Plover at Polemere has beaten LRP for the my year...






Same old pose against an ever changing background!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Priorslee lake - Kittiwake

I was busy and couldn't get over to Priorslee lake on Tuesday when Reevesy found an adult Kittiwake there. He picked up another or the same bird again today so it would have been rude not to go and check it out...


It was initially about 100m off the dam on arrival but paddled closer...




And closer... (the sun nearly peeked out here!)




 Back to the gloom and eventually some 40m or so away!





It all came to an abrupt end when the Mute Swans started some argy bargy but I was hankering after a flight shot!




Quite distinct upperwing marks pattern if anyone got a picture of Tuesday's bird??


Keep 'em coming!


Monday, 12 March 2018

Venus Pool - Avocet

An Avocet on passage is always a treat in Shropshire and I believe this to be only the second record at VP in recent years and surely the earliest yet in the county? The light and weather were horrendous, in fact - prefect wader conditions! You can't have it all...

It was sat in thigh deep water, out in the middle, on arrival and didn't much apart from this wing stretch!



I could sense what was coming and shortly after it flew...




Landing on a slightly nearer small patch of mud...




Never near enough however!!


After a brief feed...


It relocated back to the middle of the pool...


Needless to say, it was gone the following day!!

Looking back in my archive, the first VP record was back on 26th April 2008 and you can look back to a very showy bird in much better light here ...