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Pagham Birder: The Blog

A regular account of the birds seen mainly on and around Pagham Spit, the Lagoon and the North Wall plus other birding exploits from time to time.
Any news of interest regarding the ongoing erosion problems on Pagham Beach will, from now on, be shown on my other blog together with general beach photos.. Click on the link... Pagham Beach Blog on this page.

Friday, January 6, 2017

In search of a Kingfisher.

A tip off from Dave Potter a couple of days ago had me visiting Arundel WWT  at the earliest opportunity to capture an obliging Kingfisher. Unfortunately I was not able to get along yesterday when the sun shone all day and today in the afternoon the lighting was far from perfect and most of the photos were taken with an ISO of 3200! However the bird was present and even in these conditions the brilliant colours were amazing. It is the kind of bird that just begs for photos but although during the time I was watching he never caught a fish....I will have to return to get that classic 'fish in the beak' picture!
Here are a few for starters.....










I will return!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sanderlings on the beach

A walk along the beach this afternoon was rewarded by finding a couple of Sanderling scurrying over the pebbles in search of molluscs. They are just like clockwork and run hither and thither in search of food....very tricky to photograph!

 They do pause every now and again!














Turnstones enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

Black Headed Gull....winter plumage( I have noted a few are already starting to get their dark brown 'summer' caps)

Friday, December 30, 2016

An interesting Gull?

Whilst walking along Pagham Beach this afternoon I came across this gull feeding alongside several Black Headed and Mediterranean Gull. Its mantle was obviously  very pale and but the ear coverts and wing tips were 'normal'. I deduced this was an instance of leucism as in every other aspect it was very much a Black Headed Gull. I have not seen this bird before and don't recall any other reports. Any comments would be of interest.




Conditions were not good for photography as it was very foggy in the late afternoon but these shots taken on my compact camera give a reasonable record.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

An unwelcome garden visitor.

Unwelcome, that is,  by the local House Sparrows....they will now keep a very low profile for the next few days. Once they know this fellow is about they always seem to disappear for a few days and the seed and fat balls remain virtually untouched.






Those steely eyes soon saw me poking my lens through the window and within a minute he was gone.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A very high Spring tide.

The high tide wader roost on Pagham Spit was truly impressive this morning.
Here are just a few shots ....
A mixture of Redshanks, Grey Plovers, Knot and Dunlin...an amazing sight.















A mixed flock against a backdrop of Butlins of Bognor.

A mini Snettisham!

Monday, December 5, 2016

North Wall....a quick visit.

As the sun broke through this morning I couldn't resist a quick visit to the North Wall despite a busy morning doing other (more boring) things!

Nothing exceptional but a visit is always rewarding....here's a few shots in order of appearance------

Wigeon circling the Breech Pool...they were joined by another 60+.

Kingfisher on one of his regular fishing posts.

Song Thrush enjoying the winter sun.

Robin...dreaming of a white Christmas, maybe!

Green Woodpecker attacking an ant hill in the paddock.


Dunnock foraging.



Then in the late afternoon as the sun was setting...........


Brent Geese coming into the harbour

A peaceful scene....Pagham never disappoints!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

A stroll by the Lagoon and along the waters edge in the late afternoon was a good break from Black Friday shopping!

A few random photos....

A splendid drake Goldeneye on the Lagoon 




When the heads turn and catch the sun, the iridescent green head can be fully appreciated.



Winter plumage Stonechat on the spit.

Drake Red Breasted Merganser in the harbour entrance.




A lone fishing Curlew
A mixed flock of Gulls with the 'Mulberry' in the distance.

(There were also three Rock Pipits feeding on the seaweed.)