Friday, 9 August 2013

More bird pics from Black Hole Marsh (some good'ens...)

I was yet again up at 05:30 and out with the camera before having to rush back for work. I must be mad... It was worthwhile though as I got distant but nice views of a single Wood Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh. If only it posed like this stunning Common Sandpiper did:

Very early morning is a good time to try photographing birds at Black Hole Marsh as the water is usually nice and calm so pics don't come out with distracting backgrounds; they're a pet hate of mine!

I headed out to the marsh for a 2nd visit straight after work but didn't see or photograph anything blog-worthy. A 3rd visit in the evening was a bit more successful, I met Phil there and we had a good look around BHM and Colyford Common. The number of Green Sandpipers was rather surprising with at least 20 individuals counted. Dunlin and Ringed Plover numbers are remaining fairly steady as they have been for the last few days now (31 Dunlin and 15-20 Ringed Plover rough count as we could hear more Ringos than we could see).

A Common Gull put on a fairly good display (by Common Gull standards anyway):

And this young Moorhen posed in front of Island Hide for a minute or so:

Eagerly awaiting something rare now; just need the water level on Black Hole Marsh to drop back down to the level it was last week and wader numbers should keep high or hopefully increase!

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