Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Fenland at Dusk


A short drive out on the Fenland revealed a misty dull afternoon with the occasional sun being regularly blocked or partially obscured by the thick cloud and mist.

Before dusk arrived and the sun setting, I was able to find and take some shots of the largest flock of Lapwing I have seen in a long time. 

I was thinking to myself, 'This could be the entire contingent of the East Anglian flock of Lapwings here flying about before me'. Although not all appearing in the images taken, I would roughly estimate 300+. 

A very encouraging sight.










The next three images are a variation on a theme.




Below. 
Miserable isn't it.


My local Birding colleagues will recognise exactly where I was during this shoot.



I am fairly sure this flock were Golden Plover that eventually grounded with the Lapwing.


I think this below is a mix of Lapwing and Golden Plover









24 comments:

  1. At least you saw a bit of sun Roy!
    That's a magnificent sight to see...a large flock of Lapwing swirling around in the sky is something special and even better that they were joined by some Golden Plover....[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor, yes it made a change.

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  2. Hi Roy these are lovely shots at dusk and you certainly saw a lot of birds during that time. Beautiful light.

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  3. prachtig om door zoveel vogels te worden overvallen het is trouwens een hele mooie omgeving.

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  4. Some lovely atmospheric shots of fenland. I love those winter evenings when there is a knee-deep layer of mist lying over the fields - should be happening soon.

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    1. Thanks John, yes with the sudden change in the season we are having.

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  5. Très très bel article. Excellent Roy.
    Les Vanneaux sont de très beaux oiseaux. J'espère un jour faire de beaux portraits.
    Kiss

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    1. Bonjour chère Natalie
      Merci. Oui vanneaux sont de beaux oiseaux. Un de mes favoris
      bisous

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  6. Hey Roy.... Amazing sight, what a thrill to see all those birds!! Great shot's of them too!
    Lovely scenery photo's with sunset,and the fog too!

    Grace

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  7. Hello, Roy Norris.

    Very beautiful scenery. Shine is likely to have jumped.
    Thank you always visit.

    Greetings and hugs.

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  8. Great set of photos and good to see a large flock of Lapwings...
    Amanda xx

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  9. Here I am still very very silent. Really beautiful photos of beautiful colored skies and therein also the silhouettes of trees. What a beautiful sight! The many birds in flight are beautiful. Hence equal your new header, depicting:-)

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  10. Wow...that's a lot of birds in the air....great shots!

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  11. Oh such fabulous photos - and lucky you seeing such enormous flocks of these birds. I do see Lapwings here in winter but not in huge flocks and they tend to just stand about on recently ploughed land. As for Golden Plover, well now I'm just jealous. :-p

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    1. Thanks Mandy, I get to see quite a few flocks of G/Plover on the fens during this time, but they are invariably a long way away.

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  12. Roy, this post and these photos are just stunning! I love all the scenery and the birds! I love the shots of the lone tree in the hedgerow alongside the fields. all is just beautiful and the mass of birds in the sky, breathtaking! Very nicely done!

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