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...