Sunday, 18 October 2020

Lodmoor - Waders

During a recent visit last week to Lodmoor Reserve, Weymouth, I was able to observe and shoot some images of three species of waders.

These Snipe were sunning themselves with a camouflage background.
There were two groups of Snipe observed that day.







A lone Curlew below was a good to observe.


I had recently observed one Black-tailed Godwit, (below) that was still there on its own that day.


Below are a group of Black-tailed that arrived while I was there.


Below are a few flight shots of that same group of Blackwits.






Another Blackwit that turned up as well on its own.


 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Bar-Tailed Gathering


A few weeks ago there was a lone Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the tidal waters at Ferry Bridge, Weymouth.
Now there are four and they are likely to stay for the Winter. 
I don't mind, as they are always worth a few shots during my visits there.










Sunday, 11 October 2020

Black-tailed Godwit


A visit to Lodmoor Reserve, Weymouth revealed the presence of this lone Black-tailed Godwit inits Winter plumage. At first it was observed resting with its beak tucked into its wing. Eventually it looked up and moved around and started searching for food.










 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Blowing in the Wind

As this Little Egret discovered, fishing in Ferry Bridge Waters, Weymouth this week is never easy when there is a 40+mph (70km) gale blowing. 

Standing up straight or crouching down and holding a long lens to shoot a few photographs is not a bundle of fun either. 

However for both of us, it was worth doing it as the bird caught plenty of fish and I got the shot.









A couple of views over Ferry Bridge and the Fleet waters, a grim place to be when the gale is blowing.



The other side of the Pebble stone ridge that is Chesil Beach.


Friday, 2 October 2020

Recent Birds

What do Turnstones do. Well, they turn stones obviously.




Just a few more Wheatear before they all disappear South to Africa.
There are still some to be found around Portland and Ferry Bridge, but not for much longer.







Masses of House Martins and Swallows were swarming around the Portland Bill area over recent days, prior to departing South.




A sleepy Woodie.


A Linnet is always worth a shot.


So is a Robin.


This Starling was searching the receding tidal area at Ferry Bridge.


A Gadwall pair residing at Radipole Lake Weymouth.


For some inexplicable reason, Chaffinches are few and far between in my local areas.
This one was observed at Arne reserve.


A small flock of Ringed Plover darting between areas of Ferry Bridge tidal water.


Portland Bill viewed from Top Fields.