Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Golden Surprise



It was really cold when I went to Lodmoor Reserve this week, much as it was like throughout the UK. 
I didn't think I would see much as any self respecting bird would be tucked away somewhere.
I hoped I would find the Kingfisher in one of its hunting grounds, but I stood waiting for along time without any sighting.

I then went to the most Easterly corner of the Reserve where usually there would be very little. 
On this occasion it was quite the opposite. I found a flock of Golden Plover of at least 500 in number.
I have only ever found one Golden Plover in the past amongst a flock of Lapwing so this was a real surprise.  Occasionally they would be spooked by a passing Marsh Harrier or even on one occasion a Crow, They would fly around and then land again about the same location. 




 
















12 comments:

  1. Excellent photos; I like those close-ups which show how a spangled golden plumage can still act as perfect camouflage. They are curious birds: as you are undoubtedly aware, Cambridgeshire has plenty of wide open fields, but there's a small area just south of Cambridge, surrounded by the M11, the A10 and the rapidly expanding suburb of Trumpington, to which Golden Plovers are unaccountably attracted every winter. For a week or two every winter you can see them flying over the roads as you drive to Cambridge.

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    1. Thanks John. There was an area that use to be fields and a good place to spot them at the right time. Now this area is called Hampton on the edge of Peterborough that is full of houses. The place I use to see them was Titchwell Marsh.

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  2. Wow, what great photos! There are a lot of them! They have a nice protective color. We didn't see them at all this summer.

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  3. I only came across golden plover once, at a nature reserve in norfolk. Couldn't believe it when another birdwatcher near me told me what those birds were skulking in the long marsh grass

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    1. That is where I have seen them mostly Simon.

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  4. Waouwwww ,excellent Roy. Une telle colonie, c'est magique. Bravo et merci pour ce festival.
    Bises

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  5. wow...those plovers really blend in with their surroundings! Love the flying shots...amazing!

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  6. Wow, they are incredibly well camouflaged! Lucky for you that they did fly off occasionally and then come back, as it gave you many more photo ops. Brilliant pictures as always.

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    1. Thanks Mandy I was very pleased to even see these.

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