Sunday, 20 February 2011

Parkgate - Spring High Tide!!

One of Nature's special moments, the Spring high tide at Parkgate tempted SEVEN species of raptor to put in an appearance! It was not a day for photography however with dank grey skies but I manages a few 'atmospheric' shots from the day......

Little Egrets abound here and two were feeding in front of the old baths.








One or two ringtail Hen Harrier...






At least two maybe three Merlin were hunting quite regularly - this was the only species to perch within 100m!








The last raptor to show (coaxed into action by the rising tide) were the Shorties - two in front of us and at least another two more distant








The raptors not close enough for even record shots were Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine (and ironically way too close overhead! - a Sparrowhawk!)

Next stop New Brighton for roosting waders????

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