Sunday 1 September 2013

Home Alone II

More photos from last weekend spent Home Alone. Like most sequels, shorter, and with an even thinner plot line. Ferrybridge is always worth a stop for waders:
Ringed Plover
Sanderling - a juvenile, photographed in evening light
Balearic Shearwaters have been moving past Portland Bill - this photo helps explain why I am such an impatient seawatcher
A Wasp Spider was doing what it says on the tin at Radipole Lake - despatching a wasp
Fancied a change of scene on Bank Holiday Monday so headed for Pennington Marshes in Hampshire where Curlew Sandpipers were among the waders I hoped to see - two were present
The Butts Lagoon is fringed with vegetation, but there is one small gap giving a clear view from the path to the exposed mud and shallows where waders were feeding, so I sat there and waited
Eventually the Curlew Sands - both scaly juvs - honed into view
While focused on the Curlew Sands I became aware of something closer in my peripheral vision - first one, then two previously unnoticed Little Stint had walked across the gap
This view shows the prominent white stripes down the back which help identify this as a juvenile Little Stint
A tiny wader, I don't think I've been this close to one before
Whimbrel was near the Keyhaven end of Pennington Marshes
Also a Curlew there...
...and a small flock of Black-tailed Godwit

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