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Thursday 29 October 2020

Local Geese Observed

Lodmoor Reserve, Weymouth is the place to see Canada Geese regularly now. 
They fly from one part of the Reserve to the other during the day. 
It is a chance to get some flight shots of this species.

I hadn't realised until I reviewed this shot below on the laptop that the third goose appears to be a Canada/Barnacle cross breed.

 Later another flight arrived at my location from the other end of the Reserve. 
It contained a true Barnacle goose. (See the image below) Single Barnacles often turn up with either Canada or Greylag flocks.

Around this time of year Brent Geese start visiting Ferry Bridge water and along the Fleet. I have now observed two such times in recent days, one of which I estimate there were some 100 birds. On both occasions the geese have remained out in the middle of the water and seem weary of observers.

Thursday 22 October 2020

Lodmoor - Egrets - Great and Little

The Great White Egret and the Little Egret are both regular visitors to the Lodmoor Reserve at Weymouth.

The Great White has a yellow beak and black legs and feet.

The Little Egret has a mostly black beak and black legs with yellow feet.


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.